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.

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. 


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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.