Day 2 – Sunday, 6 December    09.00 - 13.15

Side event: From farmers’ fields to landscapes: Food security in a new climate regime?

Hosts:  CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

As climate change impacts continue to reverberate around the world, the need for action has never been clearer.

Countries around the world have to take action, and more and more countries have reported their Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC. With agriculture playing a major role in many countries’ economies, this is an important opportunity to bring agriculture into climate change commitments and actions and tackle issues related to agriculture and food security.

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will host a side event at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which will consist of three interrelated sessions on ensuring food security under climate change through policies, integrated land use, new technologies and practices, and empowering women and youth.


09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks:

  • Peter Holmgren, Director General, CIFOR
  • Marion Guillou, President, Agreenium and CGIAR Consortium Board Member
09:10 – 09:30 Opening presentation: Transformational change towards Climate Compatible Agriculture: Can INDCs lead the way?

The opening presentation will discuss the INDCs and how they include agriculture, food security and land use, and if there is a link to the SDG agenda. It will ask the question of whether we need provision for food security under a new climate regime, or If that is a gap in the INDCs.

Sam Bickersteth, CEO, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

09:30 – 10:30 Panel discussion: The INDCs and how they address food security, agriculture and land use?

Panelists will discuss the INDCs and what action is needed to sufficiently address food security challenges through agriculture, food systems and land use under a new global climate agreement. What will it take to achieve climate adaptation and mitigation, while building food security? The panelists will showcase and discuss different examples of concrete action, including actions they would themselves be able to take. They will be asked to address the implications for gender and social inclusion from their perspective. The examples are meant to show what can be achieved when individuals and organisations tackle food security through a climate lens.


  • Sunny Verghese, CEO, Olam
  • Theo de Jager, President, PAFO
  • Ana Paula Tavares, President, Rainforest Alliance
10:30 – 11:30 Coffee break w/ poster or photo exhibit
11:30 – 12:15 High Level Panel: Commitments to food security in a climate-constrained world

A bold climate agreement in Paris will launch a new era for building food security. In this session, various approaches to tackling food insecurity will be highlighted, from new initiatives in Research for Development to ambitious targets for the agricultural sector to inspiring land and seascape management proposals


  • Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium
  • John A Kufuor, The John A. Kufuor Foundation (former President of Ghana)
  • Thomas Esang Remengesau, Jr – President of Palau
  • John A. Bryant, CEO, The Kellogg Company
  • Tim Groser, Minister of Climate Change Issues, New Zealand
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
12:15 – 13:00 Panel: Gender, youth, the INDCs, and food security

The panel will follow from the morning’s discussions on the implications for food security, agriculture and land use in relation to the INDCs and discuss the implications for gender and social inclusion.

  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, FANRPAN
  • Philippe Lévêque, Executive Director, CARE France
  • Giovanna Valverde, Climate Change Office, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Costa Rica
13:00 – 13:15 Closing remarks: 

Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)