The first ‘food COP’: Why agriculture is finally on the table at the UN climate summit

Hedgerow Group
Hedgerow Group

If you visited Sylvia Kuria’s farm in central Kenya right now, you’d find sweet potatoes, cassava and sorghum grain growing – despite the drought.“Now we’re really praying for the rains, because we’ve had four failed seasons,” the smallholder farmer and businesswoman tells. “Four times farmers have planted and four times it has failed.” With arid and semi-arid lands spanning 89 per cent of the country and contrasting ways of working them, not everyone has the same experience of Kenya’s climate-driven drought. But Sylvia has found that an ecological approach is vital. And it is a perspective she is bringing to COP27 in Egypt next month. Continue reading “The first ‘food COP’: Why agriculture is finally on the table at the UN climate summit”

What happened on day eight of COP27? 5 Key takeaways as climate talks continue

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Hedgerow Group

It’s a brand new week in Egypt with delegates returning to COP27after a much-needed break on Sunday.With most big names now gone, we move into the second half of the conference, during which the nitty gritty of deals will be hashed out. Negotiators, delegates and officials will be looking to put together a text that will become the final agreement of this UN climate conference. So what happened at COP27 today as we moved into day eight? Continue reading “What happened on day eight of COP27? 5 Key takeaways as climate talks continue”