Klimaherbst München

Climate-smart Agriculture , Organic Farming & Co – new solutions for agriculture

Dialogue Forum special - "Münchner Klimaherbst"
20 October 2021 | 18:00 to 20:00 (CET)

How do emerging and developing countries manage to implement a climate-friendly agricultural economy?

According to Welthungerhilfe e.V., around 690 million people will suffer from hunger in 2021, and two billion will be affected by malnutrition. If we do not manage to increase productivity in the agricultural sector, these figures will continue to rise. At the same time, agriculture is a major contributor to global CO2 emissions. These must be brought down in order to effectively combat the global climate crisis. The associated conflict of goals can only be overcome with innovative, smart solutions.

In order to increase productivity, the focus for a long time - especially in the global North - was on industrialization and intensification of agriculture. With the corresponding consequences: on the positive side, immense increases in yields could be seen, food security was ensured, and overproduction could be exported. On the negative side, however, there were depleted soils due to a faster staggering of harvests, erosion, a steadily increasing number of fertilizers and pesticides, and high CO2 emissions. The "Green Revolution" in Asia has often followed a similar development path with the same positive and negative consequences. It is clear that in order to fight hunger and at the same time achieve climate goals in a sustainable way, this path cannot be continued globally.  

Agricultural production methods that are more closely aligned with sustainable criteria can be an important key to combating hunger in emerging and developing countries. In addition, they make a greater contribution to climate protection. Examples include organic farming, climate-smart agriculture (increasing productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and conservation methods. But improved seeds (genome editing) and no-till methods can also be part of the solutions. Critics often note that these methods are quite promising on a small scale. However, they are often not sufficient for the global challenges of 'hunger' and 'climate crisis'. What is the truth of this criticism?

We want to discuss with you and our experts how leapfrogging is possible, especially in emerging and developing countries. These countries now have the opportunity to embark on new, more sustainable paths in agriculture. This requires local research and development, but also knowledge transfer from other countries. Technical as well as social innovations must go hand in hand with a new entrepreneurial spirit.

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Catherina Hinz, Managing Director, Berlin Institut for Population and Development 

Christian Hülsebusch, Managing Director, German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Transdisciplinary and Social-ecological Landuse Research (DITSL) 

Christel Weller-Molongua, Head of Department Rural Development and Agriculture, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH