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Published on 07/12/2017

Which public policies to promote adaptation of family farming to climate changes?

Family farming in developing countries is directly affected and threatened by climate changes. Over the past decade, the issue of the adaptation of farming has become increasingly present on national and international political agendas. This was evident in the importance attributed to it in the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), despite the fact that States have been dithering for years about the launch of a specific programme for agriculture.

This is the context in which the member organisations of the Coordination SUD Agriculture and food commission (C2A) devoted their 2016-2017 report to coordinating the link between public policies and the adaptation of family farming to climate changes. In the future, public policies will play a decisive role to facilitate the implementation of adaptation strategies and options by family farms and populations.

The report aims to:

  • on the one hand, review inclusion of the issue of family farms’ adaptation to climate changes in national climate policies and in developing countries’ agricultural policies, the results obtained and the difficulties encountered;
  • on the other hand, draw up recommendations with a view to better inclusion of these issues in public policies.

The report, entitled “Which public policies to promote adaptation of family farming to climate changes?”, draws on documentary work and key informant interviews. More indepth work was conducted in three case studies in Burkina Faso, Costa Rica and Vietnam.

The analysis and recommendations made by this report focus on public policies. However, a number of elements could be used to evaluate consideration given to the adaptation of family farming to climate change in development projects, and to better integrate this issue in future projects.

This report was written by Laurent Levard (GRET) and coordinated by a committee made up of Aurélie Ceinos (CARE France), Damien Lagandré (GRET), Bertrand Mathieu (Agriculteurs et vétérinaires sans frontières), Didier Pillot (Montpellier SupAgro), Omar Tankari (independent consultant) and Jean Vettraino (Secours Catholique-Caritas France), with support from Agence française de développement.

The concept note is available in English, French, and Spanish version.

The report in three languages : English, French and Spanish.