(Posted Wed. Sep 24th, 2014)
National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Paul Taylor, a farmer from Esmond, Ill., participated in the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The meeting brought together partners of the alliance to discuss the organization of the alliance in its inception year and a program of work.
The meeting followed the official launch of the alliance on Tuesday at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit.
“With increasing public focus turning to the climate, farmers must take a seat at the table to ensure our interests and concerns on this topic are accurately represented,” said Taylor. “American corn farmers have a dynamic story of constant improvement to share. We have a long history of finding innovative ways to meet ever-evolving challenges and activities such as this help us engage in a productive dialogue about this issue.”
As currently established, Global Alliance for CSA members recognize the urgent need to act at scale and to contribute towards three “aspirational outcomes”: sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes; greater resilience of food systems and farming livelihoods; and reduction and/or removal of greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture (including the relationship between agriculture and ecosystems) where possible.
This meeting, only one of an extensive list taking place in conjunction with Climate Week NYC, brought international leaders in agriculture together to address issues important to the future of the industry. In its sixth year, Climate Week NYC provides a global summit for government, business and thought leaders to drive innovation, build coalitions and deliver practical solutions.
In addition to Taylor, representatives from American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association and the National Farmers Union also participated on behalf of U.S. farmers. U.S. participants in the meeting were organized by 25 x ‘25.