Enhancing Climate Change Mitigation through Agriculture

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Agriculture, with its growing contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and opportunities to mitigate emissions, can help close the gap between existing global mitigation efforts and those that are needed to keep global warming to between 1.5 °C and 2 °C by the end of the century. Global scale and farm scale analyses are used to evaluate both the effectiveness of different policy options to reduce agricultural emissions, and the impact on competitiveness, farm income, food security, and government finances. In order to contribute to global mitigation efforts, countries will need to design agricultural policy measures that can navigate these trade-offs within the context of their national policy priorities and objectives. As most countries have not yet implemented policies to reduce emissions from agriculture, the analyses provided here come at an opportune time to inform this policy development.



Potential for mitigation policies in agriculture: Summary insights

The global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture is currently weak, and the lack of progress will stifle efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C, or well below 2°C. Although there are policy implementation barriers, policy solutions exist. These include selecting policy options that can navigate trade-offs in economic impacts between different interest groups, and those that can address the practical challenges and transaction costs related to measurement, reporting, and verification of GHG emission reductions.


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