Global warming of 1.5 degrees - The end of farming in arid areas? A response from India
Event from the series ‘New Ideas in Development Cooperation’
The latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires rapid and far-reaching changes, not least in agriculture. At the latest, the mid-2018 heatwave has made us keenly aware that ‘business as usual’ is not an option in agriculture if we are serious about reaching the global climate action targets and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
International cooperation is therefore being called upon to finance and help implement ambitious measures designed to protect the climate and foster adaptation to climate change, above all in particularly vulnerable regions. While soil protection is enshrined in the 2030 Agenda’s globally valid SDGs, Germany’s Federal Government has made it an objective of its coalition agreement and has also promoted corresponding resolutions with its G20 partners.
Founded 25 years ago to coordinate the Indo-German Watershed Management Programmes (IGWDP), the Indian non-governmental organisation Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) has to date transformed approximately 9,000 square kilometres of drought-prone areas into thriving landscapes – and it is continuously expanding its range of activities, including in recent years a digital measurement and consulting system for green agriculture at village and farm level. Furthermore, WOTR is partnering the GIZ programme ‘Soil Conservation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Lands for Food Security in India’ and is a national implementing organisation of the Global Climate Fund.
What kind of agriculture do we need if we are to comply with the SDGs, meet the climate action targets and feed the world? These are some of the questions we will be discussing on Tuesday, 27 November, at ‘New Ideas in Development Cooperation event,’ with panellists Dr Claudia Warning who heads up the Directorate-General for the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and South-Eastern and Eastern Europe at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Crispino Lobo, WOTR’s manager and founder.
Venue and date
Tuesday, 27 November 2018, from 7pm to 9pm