Agriculture Climate Partnership

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are at its core and we must urgently reduce these emissions to slow climate change. Agriculture contributes 9.9 percent of US GHG emissions and it is the only sector that can naturally mitigate emissions.
The potential to reduce emissions lives with our scientists, farmers and ranchers – and their ability to develop and deploy climate-smart solutions. Much work to develop these solutions is happening in fields and labs across the country. Yet, these efforts are fragmented, hindering progress. Addressing climate change requires a coordinated response of equal magnitude to the urgency of the situation.

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are at its core and we must urgently reduce these emissions to slow climate change. Agriculture contributes 9.9 percent of US GHG emissions and it is the only sector that can naturally mitigate emissions.
The potential to reduce emissions lives with our scientists, farmers and ranchers – and their ability to develop and deploy climate-smart solutions. Much work to develop these solutions is happening in fields and labs across the country. Yet, these efforts are fragmented, hindering progress. Addressing climate change requires a coordinated response of equal magnitude to the urgency of the situation.

FFAR, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) established the Agriculture Climate Partnership, an unprecedented initiative mobilizing farmers, ranchers, scientists, data providers, stakeholders and funders to develop and implement climate-smart solutions at scales and rates previously unimagined.

OUR IMMEDIATE GOAL

is for US agriculture to be net negative for GHG emissions.

OUR VISION

is that every farmer and rancher employs at least one climate-smart solution on every acre of farmland.

A GLOBAL MOBILIZATION

No two farms are alike and farmers and ranchers need customized, science-based solutions. This Partnership connects scientists with farmers and ranchers to coordinate research and develop tailored, economically sustainable solutions for individual farms and ranches. The Agriculture Climate Partnership plans to deploy these solutions first in the US and then globally.

Our work will happen in five powerful phases:

01


Building the Base

We are assessing existing research, data and farmer and rancher networks to avoid duplication, while establishing a coalition of farmers, ranchers, scientists, public and private data providers, stakeholders and funders. This coalition is fostering the collaboration need to drive meaningful change.

02


Integrating Data

We are integrate existing public and private data sets addressing agriculture and climate. This data is crucial to understanding potential emissions reductions, the impact of climate-smart farming on emissions and farm profitability and informing customized climate-smart solutions.

03


Creating Climate-smart Activation Platform

The next step is developing a platform to help farmers and ranchers implement climate-smart practices and track the impact of these practices.

04


Accelerating Adoption

We will then test and deploy the platform with farmers, ranchers and partner organizations to maximize emission reductions and sequestrations, as well as profitability, on every acre of US farmland.

05


Expanding Globally

The final step of this initiative is deploying the Climate-Smart Activation Platform internationally.

INITIAL PROJECTS


Since the Partnership launched in February 2020, FFAR and USFRA initiated several inaugural projects:

  • FFAR and USFRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing $1.9 million to support initial activities.
  • FFAR hosted a convening event in February 2020 of key agriculture climate stakeholders to explore the needs, obstacles and opportunities for mitigating climate change through agriculture.
  • The Partnership is funding a National Academy of Sciences Review to identify what we know about the benefits and how to best implement specific practices necessary to create negative GHG emissions. The review further creates a Scientific Roadmap to a Carbon Negative Agriculture System to implement the most promising strategies to achieve carbon negative agriculture.
  • Data networks and protocols; and
  • The Partnership designed and funded a series of landscape assessments to map existing work in the following areas:
    • Emission research and reduction initiatives;
    • Data networks and protocols; and
    • Existing farmer and rancher networks.
  • The Partnership is developing Capital Campaign strategy.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT TODAY

Your support, at every level, allows us to accelerate the Agriculture Climate Partnership’s efforts to rapidly create and deploy climate-smart solutions. Funding the Agriculture Climate Partnership allows farmers and ranchers to capture value from climate-smart solutions and begin moving agriculture closer to our net-negative GHG emissions goal.

As a supporter, you are joining more than 500 research and farmer-centric organizations in more than 52 countries with the potential to positively impact over one billion farmers globally. For more information on how you can be an Agriculture Climate Partnership funder, connect with us at agclimate@foundationfar.org.

AGRICULTURE CLIMATE PARTNERSHIP FOUNDING PARTNERS

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