Ir Arriba

Agricultural Climate Action and Sustainability

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA), the Paris Agreement and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) provide an opportunity to transform agrifood systems to ensure greater sustainability and resilience and to enhance their contribution to global food and nutritional security and the development of the countries of the Americas in the current climate.

The program will foster integrated solutions, based on principles that address the priorities of IICA Member States to achieve a more sustainable, climate resilient and low-carbon sector. It will support the implementation of actions that address the national priorities identified in the NDCs, as well as actions to facilitate greater inclusion of agriculture in future NDCs, thereby enabling it to contribute to the achievement of multiple sustainable development targets. The program is developing a strategy to build political will to facilitate technical activities, through greater access to climate financing and to strengthen linkages with other programs.

To this end, it will aim to generate knowledge and develop capacities to:

  • Promote political dialogue that positions the sector and its priorities within climate change- and environment-related processes. This includes promoting the participation of the agriculture sector in the UNFCCC and its associated commitments, as well as providing opportunities for consensus-building, seeking unifying elements that help to position and increase the visibility of the region and its interests.
  • Develop strategies and mechanisms to encourage change and to scale up climate action to increase the sustainability of agrifood systems. This includes facilitating horizontal cooperation and exchange between countries; supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of climate change policies and programs; building capacity; and promoting innovation and digitalization, as a means of contributing to the sector’s climate response and its sustainability.
  • Implement actions in the field to validate, spearhead or demonstrate approaches, practices, tools or perspectives, thereby creating concrete experiences with the potential to be scaled up. This includes working with producers to drive sustainable soil and water management in the livestock, rice, and coffee chains, among others; promoting the recovery and regeneration of agroecosystems; encouraging practices that contribute to climate resilience and mitigation; and promoting the circular economy, among other activities.

Program Manager

Technical team

Advisory team

  • Erin Beasley, México
  • Ignacio Lorenzo, Uruguay
  • Walter Oyhantcabal
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  • Manejo sostenible de suelos

  • Control biológico y alternativo como factor de reducción de la contaminación del suelo

  • Regeneración de la actividad biológica del suelo

  • Microbiología del suelo

  • Mejoramiento de contenido de materia orgánica en el suelo

  • Prácticas de conservación de suelo

Contact us

Technical Cooperation Direction

Kelly Witkowski

Program Manager