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In 2021, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) started the program, Elevating Agricultural Adaptation (EAA), which addresses the agricultural adaptation of small-holder farmers. The program strives to elevate commitments to building the climate resilience of small-holder farmers, particularly women and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, through three pillars of activities: advocacy, capacity building and awareness-raising. Based on the recommendations from the Global Commission on Adaptation’s flagship report, we advocate for improving smallholder productivity, supporting farmers in managing risks from increased variability and climate shocks, addressing challenges of the most vulnerable (women and youth ), achieving policy coherence and a step-change in providing farmers access to information, technologies, finance, and markets.

Throughout 2022 BKMC’s Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and the EAA team have taken part in close to 100 bilateral meetings, spoken at over 20 events, and embarked on mission trips to locations including Germany, Ghana, Kenya, the UAE, and the UK. In terms of EAA’s outreach, the BKMC has published 5 op-eds by Co-chair Ban Ki-moon, reaching over 150 million readers, and reaching 1.9 million people on social media, enhancing awareness-raising efforts. The BKMC was active at global key events such as the Bonn Climate Change Conference, London Climate Action Week, Global Citizen Festival, and Stockholm+50, and on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting, Africa Climate Week, and the Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa.

In the first half of 2023, the BKMC has conducted several mission trips to Germany and the UK, conducting high-level meetings between Co-chair Ban Ki-moon and Ministries, attending key events such as the UNFCCC SBSTA 58 in Bonn, the Climate Financing Summit in Paris and hosting a side event at London Climate Action Week 2023.

BKMC will seek to strengthen these partnerships and build new ones around the world in order to continue accentuating the need for financial support and capacity building to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change.

What has happened?

Youth Agri Champions Workshop Series

“Youth Agri Champions – make young African farmers be Heard” is a series of 3 Peer2Peer workshops taking place over the Summer of 2023. This workshop series brings together grassroots voices from the world of smallholder farming and agricultural entrepreneurship in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia, to share their on-the-ground experience with adapting their practices to climate change. Based on this, a demand paper will be developed by the Youth Agri Champions and presented to key ministers during bilateral meetings as well as public events at COP28 in Dubai, 2023.

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London Climate Action Week 2023

The BKMC hosted an official side event at the London Climate Action Week 2023, with Relx. Excellent speakers Board Member Marcia Balisciano, Peter Bentley – FCDO, Sasha Abraham – The CCC, Vidhisha Samarasekara – International Water Management Institute and Youth Agri Champion Tabitha Gichiru discussed agricultural adaptation, climate finance, smallholder farmers & UK’s leadership role in this space.

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Ban Ki-moon in High-level consultations in Germany

Ban Ki-moon emphasized the urgency of agricultural adaptation to climate change during consultations with Cem Özdemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany, and Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

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Creating a sustainable future for agriculture

The BKMC and close partner Global Citizen hosted a closed roundtable to highlight the urgency of climate finance for smallholder farmers and food security between Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, Minister of International Development of Norway, Aslak Brun Director-General at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Dr. Octave, Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources for Government of Rwanda, Michael Gaffey, Director-General of Development and Cooperation and Africa of Ireland, Dr. Leonard Mizzi Head of Sustainable Agri-food systems EU, Kwagala Elizabeth of Pan African Farmers Organisation and Singer and Global Citizen Ambassador Natasha Bedingfield.

Elevating Agricultural Adaptation at COP27

At COP27, the BKMC alongside CGIAR, Fairtrade, and FAO hosted a multistakeholder dialogue addressing the biggest challenges African youth smallholder farmers are facing in adapting to climate change. Global leaders and young African agripreneurs exchanged innovative and just solutions as well as the demand paper they curated over the summer in their local communities.

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Global Citizen Festival in Accra and New York

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.

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High-level Roundtable on Climate Adaptation

Leading up to COP27, Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair Ban Ki-moon hosted H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment and COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy, Egypt, H.E. Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria,H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates,Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary, Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Germany at a high-level roundtable to enhance global cooperation and progress on scaling up adaptation to climate change.

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Youth Agri Champions Webinar Series

“Youth Agri Champions – make young African farmers be Heard” is a series of 3 Peer2Peer webinars that took place in the Summer of 2022. This webinar series brought 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, a demand paper was developed by the Youth Agri Champions and presented to key ministers during bilateral meetings as well as public events at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, 2022.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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