Smallholder farmer event to explore private-sector ag players’ role in addressing climate change challenges

November 10, 2022

Many smallholder farmers live in parts of the world where the impacts of climate change are likely to be the fiercest. They are also among the most vulnerable, often lacking access to markets, advice and finance.

Private-sector players, with actions complemented by climate financing, are needed to contribute solutions to ensuring smallholder farmers will be included in climate programs that help them improve resiliency of their land and livelihoods.

During an interactive panel discussion at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), representatives of agriculture in developing nations and private-sector agricultural players will explore innovative ways to build climate resilient, adaptive and sustainable food systems with public-private schemes tailored to smallholders’ needs.

The event, “A Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture Transformation, Engaging the Private Sector,” will be accessible via a livestream on the FAO Pavilion website at 6 a.m. Eastern (1 p.m. ETT) Friday, Nov. 11.

Solutions from the Land is a collaborating organization for this event, hosted by the International Agri-Food Network in the FAO Food and Agriculture Pavilion at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Other collaborators include CropLife, International Fertilizer Association and Syngenta Foundation.

The event is one of five organized by Solutions from the Land during the conference, with goals to build support among policymakers and other stakeholders for SfL’s guiding principles for enabling food systems to support and attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. These principles emphasize the need to keep farmers at the center of all discussions and decision-making as well as to value science, technology, systems-based approaches, collaboration and innovation.


The panel will be moderated by Simon Winter of the Syngenta Foundation.

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, AGRA board chair and Ethiopia’s former prime minister, will share perspectives on how African leaders are AGRA are looking to the private sector to engage.

Elizabeth Nsimadala, World Farmers’ Organisation board member and farmer of the African Constituency, will provided the voice of a farmer.

Panelists include:

Purvi Mehta, deputy director of climate adaptation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide closing remarks.

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