C-AGG Partners with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and the Government of Andhra Pradesh to Host Agricultural GHG High Level Meetings and Technical Workshops in India

A C-AGG delegation traveled to high level meetings and technical workshops in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India, in November 2017. While in India, hosted by our colleagues and partners at the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) and the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government, we collaborated to build capacity for agricultural sector resilience and adaptation to climate change, and to assess and promote the potential to simultaneously achieve and measure reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the agricultural sector. Together C-AGG, APPI and the AP Government organized a 2-day high-level meeting and 2 days of technical workshops in Vijayawada on “Building Capacity to Measure Climate Change Impacts due to Changes in Agricultural Practices”. APPI and the AP government are converting 500,000 small-holder farmers from conventional agriculture to Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming (CRZBNF) practices. Farmers in AP are suffering from financial insolvency and biologically bankrupt soils due to the high costs and low returns of intensive, chemical-based agriculture. The AP Government and APPI have invested in a comprehensive, farmer- and community-based program to restore farmer well-being and livelihoods and soil health and biology to enhance food production, food security, human and community health, and enhanced gender equity.

A primary role of C-AGG was to help translate to policymakers and to practitioners the international policy backdrop against which this important work is taking place, and to promote the ability to scale and replicate these successes across AP and India. In opening comments and during the meetings and workshops Debbie Reed reviewed the activities and goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the role of government Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to achieving the goal of GHG mitigation to prevent 1.5-2C global warming. She contextualized the work in AP to establish how it can benefit global activities and provide important contributions to India’s NDC as well as providing human health and financial well-being for farmers and their families. Debbie and C-AGG team member Bill Salas of Applied GeoSolutions further described the role of a cost-effective, scalable measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system to enable our partners and the Indian government to measure the GHG and other ecological, social, and related benefits of moving from chemical-based agricultural systems to CRZBNF.