Climate Change

Today climate change is making farming more challenging with an increase in extreme weather events, such as regular and stronger floods and droughts. Harvest losses, irredeemable damage to natural resources and the destruction of farmers’ economic viability are among the most serious effects.

On the other hand, the farming sector is a significant contributor to climate change. Agriculture is responsible for about 10% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU. However, applying the right farming techniques makes a huge difference: Farms can become both more resilient to the effects of climate change and at the same time spare the environment from detrimental climate gases and contribute to food security.

How agriculture can best mitigate and adapt to climate change is the subject of several research projects. The first findings are clear: organic farming that includes some optimised techniques is best equipped to counter climate change.

IFOAM EU:

  • Advocates for the promotion in EU policies of organic farming as a solution to counter climate change
  • Promotes climate friendly best practices in food processing and farming
  • SOLMACC - introducing four optimised farming techniques to help farms become both more resilient to the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gases.

IFOAM EU and IFOAM developed a toolkit for the COP20 climate change negotiations in Lima. A brochure 'Agroecological family agriculture in Latin America in a climate change context' and a policy paper 'Organic agriculture cost-effective in tackling climate change' were produced. Please click here to go to the relevant section in the IFOAM website.