AgResults Shares Progress to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam Rice Production at COP24

December 3, 2018

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As the impacts of climate change become clearer, it’s critical that decisionmakers from around the world unite to tackle this growing threat. From December 3 to 14, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — informally recognized as COP24 — gathers in Katowice, Poland, to decide how best to move toward a collective solution. As part of COP24, AgResults will present on its innovative, private-sector led approach to help Vietnam meet its national emissions reductions targets by mitigating greenhouse gas emissions with improved rice growing practices.

Since 1992, the UNFCCC Secretariat has facilitated intergovernmental climate change negotiations, primarily through the annual Conference of the Parties that has grown to over 25,000 participants in recent years. COP24 follows from previous conferences, focusing on new sustainable methods to protect the environment and combat climate change and analyzing how technologies, policies, and behaviors can contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement targets set at COP21. The conference program spans 12 days and includes a mix of roundtable discussions, keynote speeches, TED-style talks, video competitions, and side events.

On Tuesday, December 11, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. local time, AgResults joins the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS); the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); and New Zealand’s AgResearch at a session titled “Agriculture Development for Climate Benefit.”

Justin Kosoris, who provides consulting services to the AgResults Secretariat, will present on the progress of the Vietnam Emissions Reduction Challenge Project, which aims to incentivize private sector enterprises such as rice traders and input suppliers to test and scale to smallholder farmers improved rice growing technologies and practices that increase yields and decrease GHG emissions.

Mr. Kosoris will highlight the efforts of private sector participants to scale up these improved technologies with the goal of reaching 20,000 smallholder farmer households across the Thai Binh province in the Red River Delta. The project uses a comprehensive verification system to validate the results on which AgResults bases prizes.

“COP24 represents an exciting opportunity for AgResults to contribute to the global conversation and present an innovative approach to mobilizing a diverse set of actors — including government, private sector, and individuals — to work together to reduce agriculture’s significant impact on global emissions,” said Mr. Kosoris.

Follow the COP24 discussions on social media from December 3 to 14 using the hashtag #COP24. We’ll also be posting updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

The Vietnam Emissions Reduction Challenge Project is part of AgResults, a US$147 million collaborative initiative between the governments of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank Group that uses agricultural pay-for-results (PfR) prize competitions to incentivize the private sector to overcome market barriers and develop solutions to food security and agricultural challenges.

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