In 2021, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) started a new, two-year program, Elevating Agricultural Adaptation (EAA), which aims to tackle the issue of agricultural adaptation of small-holder farmers and strive to secure new commitments. The Program is going to help elevate commitments to building the climate resilience of small-holder farmers through two pillars of activities: advocacy and awareness-raising.

Based on the recommendations from the Global Commission on Adaptation’s flagship report, “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience” on food security and livelihoods of the over 500 million small farms, the Program advocates: improving smallholder productivity, supporting farmers in managing risks from increased variability and climate shocks, addressing challenges of the most vulnerable (women, pastoralists and those most affected by climate change), achieving policy coherence and a step-change in providing farmers access to information, technologies, finance, and markets.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and its Co-chairs are deeply committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. The BKMC strongly encourages political commitments from world leaders on tackling climate change, especially when it comes to adaptation.

In 2020, with the support of its partner organization Global Citizen, the BKMC took part in several panel discussions on Resilient Food Systems, Food Security and Small Holder Farmers alongside sector doyens and ambassadors such as Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD and former Prime Minister of Togo; Aksel Jakobsen, State Secretary of International Development for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sabrina Elba, Actress, Model, and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador.

In 2021, the BKMC significantly increased its advocacy efforts around climate action and specifically agricultural adaptation. The BKMC has conducted over 35 bilateral c-level meetings, accumulated a total of 20 speaking engagements, published 6 media pieces with a total reach of 123+ million; distributed four call-to-actions with 33,000+ actions taken; reached over 220,000+ users via campaigns over all social media accounts.

As of November 2022, the BKMC has strongly continued to create new partnerships to advocate for the needs of smallholder farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change.  We have published 5 media pieces, including op-eds by our Co-chair Ban Ki-moon in outlets such as the Independent reaching over 150 Million readers, conducted more than 100 bilateral meetings, and participated in more than 25 speaking engagements including hosting a High-Level Roundtable with ministers from Austria, Egypt, Germany and the UAE on climate adaptation,  as well as going on 10 mission trips including UK, Nairobi, Ghana, and more. At the upcoming COP27 in Egypt, we will co-host 4 side events throughout the Blue Zone, Green Zone, and Innovation Zone. See more information here. 

Join us to advocate for the climate resilience of smallholder farmers around the world by championing them and calling on world leaders to strengthen food security. To end poverty, we must tackle climate change. 




Ban Ki-moon Centre hosting an official side event at COP27

At COP27, the BKMC alongside CGIAR, Fairtrade, and FAO will host a multistakeholder dialogue addressing the biggest challenges African youth smallholder farmers are facing in adapting to climate change. Global leaders and young African agripreneurs exchange innovative and just solutions in their local communities.


Global Citizen Festival in Accra, Ghana, and New York, USA 

Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair and 8th United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a clear message to world leaders at the Global Citizen Festival that took place in New York and Accra. We are pleased to see that US$2.4 Billion were announced to address global problems from women and girls’ education, climate change mitigation and adaptation, universal health, and more. 


High-Level Roundtable on Climate Adaptation hosted by Ban Ki-moon

Leading up to COP27, ministers from key countries in the fight against climate change will gather at a high-level roundtable hosted by the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens’ Co-Chair, Ban Ki-moon, to enhance global cooperation and progress on scaling up adaptation to climate change.

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Youth Agri Champions Peer2Peer Webinar Series 

“Youth Agri Champions – make young African farmers be heard” is a series of 3 Peer2Peer webinars that will take place in Summer 2022. This webinar series will bring together grassroots voices from the world of smallholder farming and agricultural entrepreneurship in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia, to share their on-the-ground experience with adapting their practices to climate change. Based on this, demands will be developed by the Youth Agri Champions for the 2022 COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. 


Take Action: 9 Tips for Growing Your Own Food in a City

People living in cities have a key role to play in changing the global food system. By taking up gardening, people can better understand their place in our food system and learn how to advance change and challenge the climate crisis. 

Check out the nine tips for urban farming. 


Take Action Now: Pledge to Become a Food Champion!

Supporting farmers to adapt to climate change is key, but we can also take steps to minimize our impact. Join our challenge to become a food champion – learn about some simple techniques then pledge to take one on. Pledge Now!


Interview: How Can Investing in Youth Leaders Combat Record Unemployment in Nigeria?

Nigeria has been struggling with an unemployment crisis for several years. Former Ban Ki-moon Global Citizen Scholar and Leap Africa Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Oyindamola Adegboye joined a conversation with Global Citizen and highlights a leadership gap that threatens to exclude young people from the job market in Nigeria. Investing in agriculture and youth empowerment is crucial to combat climate change and reduce inequalities. 

Read the full interview and learn why we have to invest in agriculture and youth development.


Interview: Why Is Agriculture Key to Ending Unemployment in Kenya?

Kenya National Farmers’ Federation Program Officer Loureen Akinyi Awuor and Global Citizen discussed in an interview why agriculture is a “gold mine” of untapped opportunity for youth in Kenya, how agriculture can be improved, and what structural investments need to be made to unlock the country’s potential.

Read the full interview and learn how agriculture can bridge the gap for youth unemployment.


Take Action Now: Speak Up for Farmers on the Frontline of the Climate Crisis!

Agriculture needs to be transformed in the decade ahead to minimize its environmental impact, deliver more food for a growing population, and provide stable employment for young people. Call on your world leaders to invest in climate-smart agriculture and youth development. Leave a personal message and tell your leader why smallholder farmers need our help.

COP26: Highlights from the World Leaders’ Summit

COP26 will be the most important meeting following the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement. I’m counting on world leaders to do their homework for sustainable development and humanity.


Documentary: Inside the Stories of Female Farmers Impacted by Climate Change

Global Citizen’s Mwandwe Chileshe – Senior Manager, Food Security, Nutrition & Agriculture visited small farms in rural Zambia to witness the direct impacts of a changing environment, on female farmers as part of our elevating agricultural adaptation advocacy work.  Watch the video below: 

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Take Action Now: Europe: Help Farmers Fight Climate Change!

Farmers put the food on our plates but urgent support is needed to help them continue doing so. The worst impacted by changes in climate are smallholder farmers who supply a third of the world’s food.  We need European leaders to take urgent action to protect and secure access to healthy, regular meals for all. Europe has the opportunity to fund critical demand-driven research, including climate adaptive crops, technologies and smart agricultural practices for farmers under attack from a changing climate.

Urge European leaders including Norway, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and the EU commission to help farmers fight the climate crisis – email now.

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Test Yourself Now: Understand why the situation facing farmers is so urgent

Crops and animals thrive in different conditions but very few smallholder farmers are equipped with resilient crops, drought-proof water supplies, financing and tools needed to pull through under challenging weather conditions.

To end poverty, we must drastically cut emissions and adjust to a warming world. The agriculture sector has developed interventions to help reduce these challenges and ensure we live in a world that is food secure. Take our quiz to learn how and why agriculture needs to adapt to the changing climate.


The BKMC Teams up with Global Citizen To Advocate For Climate Resilience in Agriculture

This partnership will seek to increase development aid for climate adaptation in agriculture in low-income countries, particularly Africa. As well as seeking understanding of the challenges facing smallholder farmers, the complex dynamics of climate change, and how demand-driven research, such as those championed by CGIAR, accelerates climate adaptation on the ground.


Climate Adaptation Summit

The Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 led by Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, hosted by the Netherlands and the Global Center on Adaptation convened over 18,000 registrations, 300 speakers, 160 side events, 32 countries, world leaders, and local stakeholders.

It launched a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda and heard of new financial pledges to initiatives to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change.