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Meridian Institute

Climate Change and Agriculture

External Project Site: merid.org/climatechangeagriculture
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Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change

Meridian Institute convened a number of projects – including informal dialogues and workshops, expert reports, and donor interviewing processes – that address issues at the nexus of agriculture and climate change. The objective of Meridian’s work in this area was to provide neutral facilitation and objective information and analysis to foster continued communication among governments and a wide range of stakeholders. Our projects included the following:

  • 2011 Scoping Report: Meridian convened and facilitated an international team of independent expert authors to develop an objective assessment report outlining key issues and policy options focusing on agriculture and climate change – in particular, issues that could be addressed in international discussions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The assessment was titled Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report.

  • 2011 Policy Brief: At the request of policy makers, Meridian developed a 22-page policy brief summarizing the findings in Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report.

  • Global Workshop – Learning from Experience and Early Interventions: Meridian convened a two-day workshop in Rome that brought together practitioners, policy makers, donors, and researchers to share on-the-ground experience from climate-related agriculture initiatives. The workshop fostered exchange among different pilot projects and countries, encouraged and captured lessons learned, and led to the dissemination of information on how a diverse set of climate-related agriculture projects are organized, supported, and implemented.

  • Informal Negotiator Dialogues: Over the last several years Meridian Institute – alone and in partnership with the BioCarbon Fund – has convened and facilitated informal discussions among those involved with agriculture and climate change in the UNFCCC process and other international forums. These dialogues have been undertaken on an ad hoc basis at the request of countries.

  • Donor Dialogues: On occasion Meridian has convened and facilitated informal information-sharing discussions among philanthropic organizations and other donors interested in agriculture and climate change, including the link between agriculture and forests. These discussions have typically explored donors’ funding activities, identified gaps, and considered opportunities for collaboration.

  • 2013 Donor Mapping Report: Meridian conducted interviews with 17 multilateral, bilateral, and philanthropic donors that are active in the climate change and agriculture arena. The resulting report – titled Donor Mapping: Climate Change and Agriculture Activities – summarizes each donor’s activities and their approach to funding climate change and agriculture and identifies important substantive and funding trends, including critical gaps.


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