Lessons from Hanoi

  • The 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam in early September, stressed the urgency of “climate-smart” agriculture. This seeks to increase agricultural productivity in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, whilst strengthening resilience to climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing soil carbon stocks.
  • It includes proven practical techniques, such as mulching, intercropping, conservation agriculture, crop rotation, integrated crop-livestock management, agro-forestry, improved grazing and improved water management, as well as innovative practices such as better weather forecasting, drought- and flood-tolerant crops and risk insurance.
  • Two approaches for implementation emerged:
    • Use landscape approaches to integrate agriculture, forests, fisheries and water resources, and
    • Strengthen the private sector’s involvement in order to scale up climate-smart agriculture projects.
  • Thanks to an innovative programme set up by local authorities in Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam, called “living with floods” the region has shown remarkable resilience to severe floods that hit the area in early September 2012. As the world’s second largest rice exporter, ensuring the resilience of the country’s agriculture is essential for both food security and international supply.

The increased frequency of extreme weather events in the UK demonstrates the urgent need for the UK to adapt and adopt climate-smart agriculture in a similar way. The 3rd Global Conference will take place in South Africa next year.

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About Julia Chatterton

Systems modeller with a particular expertise in food, farming and agricultural systems. Working with life cycle assessment methods for over 4 years to assess and analyse the environmental burdens associated with food and other production systems.
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