Voices from the field – Participatory approaches of Climate Smart Agriculture practices (CSA), Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and indigenous Chakra systems

The event “Voices from the field”, organized by FAO, aims at highlighting the potential of community-based, bottom-up strategies in agriculture to implement and scale up climate change commitments. In particular, the event will showcase three approaches that leverage this potential: Farmer Field Schools (FFS), indigenous Chakra systems and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Speakers will present practical on-the-ground experiences contributing to enhance climate resilience of the agri-food sector in Ecuador, India, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia, and will share lessons learned, opportunities and challenges.

An interactive discussion will encourage deeper reflection on the potential of FFS, indigenous systems and CSA as effective tools to promote community-based climate action and turn global and national commitments into concrete actions at the local and national levels.

The event targets policy makers, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, development practitioners and all actors involved on the ground.

The invited speakers are:

  • Ms Eularia Zulu, Farmer and Chairperson, Chongwe District Agribusiness Hub
  • Dr Petan Hamazakaza, Principal Research Officer, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute
  • Mr Lamine Diatta, Program Officer, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
  • Mr Geovanny Enriquez, Coordinator CSA Cocoa Project, FAO Ecuador
  • Mr Vijay Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Natural Farming, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Mr Damian Lubuva, Irrigation and Cooperative Officer (DAICO) at Mufindi District Agriculture office, Government of Tanzania
  • Ms Ceris Jones , Senior climate change adviser at the UK National Farmers Union, UNFCCC Focal Point for Farmers’ Constituency 
  • Ms Alimatou Badji, Agricultural Technician, Association for the Promotion of the Senegalese Woman (APROFES), Senegal 
  • Ms Tasila Banda, National Project Coordinator for the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) and UNFCCC focal point
  • Event moderated by: Mr Martial Bernoux, Natural Resources Officer, FAO

Promoting community-based approaches is crucial to finding concrete, adapted and sustainable solutions to climate change in the agriculture sector because it enables integrating scientific insights into local knowledge systems, and empowering local actors to take the lead role in improving their production systems.


African Women’s Grassroots Climate Action

This event represents a unique opportunity to engage directly with women on the “frontline” of the climate emergency in sub-Saharan Africa about their experience of the climate crisis and their leadership to help communities adapt. In 2019 CAMFED won a UN Global Climate Action Award at COP25 in recognition of African women’s remarkable climate action. For COP26 we are bringing together young African women, who are leading action for climate resilience and girls’ education in rural Africa, for an interactive roundtable.

Participants will share their personal insights of how the climate emergency is affecting their communities through unpredictable weather, reduced farming yields and hunger. They will explain how girls and women are particularly affected by climate change and the action they are taking as “Agriculture Guides” to help school children, “forgotten farmers” and community groups to build resilience. They will describe how their own education has been critical to enable their climate leadership, and how they are supporting the next generation of girls to go to school and succeed.

The event will be run as a hybrid live and virtual event and we will encourage wide engagement for questions and reflections. We anticipate this event will appeal to policymakers who wish to learn from women on the frontline of climate change. We also hope this will be an exciting opportunity for members of the public to participate in COP26, especially other women in rural Africa and young people worldwide.

Chair: Rt Hon Helen Grant, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education
Fiona Mavhinga, Executive Advisor, CAMFED Association
Forget Shareka, CAMFED Association member and Entrepreneur, Zimbabwe
Esnath Divasoni, Core Agriculture Trainer, CAMFED Zimbabwe
Harriet Cheelo, Climate-smart Agriculture Research Fellow, CAMFED Zambia
Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development, CAMFED International


Women leading: lessons from local action on gender and climate to inform international climate action.

This panel event from Climate Action Network Europe, CARE International and PACJA will share experiences of local to international action on gender and climate, including grassroots initiatives in areas such as agroecology and adaptation, and renewable energy. This will be followed by discussion on how this should inform the approach to the Gender Action Plan and Strategy at the UNFCCC, considering the UK COP26 Presidency’s commitments to advance gender, and through the UK’s and EU’s climate finance and development cooperation, and the new EU Africa Partnership Strategy.

With facilitation by CAN Europe and speakers including representatives from:

  • Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
  • CARE International Southern Africa
  • European Commission
  • African government representatives
  • Other African CSOs


Migrant Justice = Climate Justice

Good Chance and guests explore the joint issues of migrant justice and climate justice in this special event.

The climate crisis is forcing people to move, and it will force millions more to move in the future. The issue of safe passage is an urgent one.

Little Amal, a young refugee and 3.5m high puppet, has just completed a remarkable 8000km journey – The Walk, produced by Good Chance Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company.

Along the way, Amal met with refugees like her, many affected directly by the consequences of the climate crisis. As borders are raised, how should we respond to this growing need to move to find safety?

In the heart of COP26, Good Chance Theatre will chair a discussion with:

  • Onjali Rauf, author of Sunday Times bestselling children’s book, The Boy at the Back of the Class, and founder and CEO of Making Herstory and O’s Refugee Aid Team
  • Kim Bryan, Director of Communications at international climate organisation 350.org
  • Josie Naughton, CEO of global refugee support organisation Choose Love
  • A Connect4Climate young leader discussing the outcomes of the recent Pre-COP26 Youth4Climate summit
  • A panellist from The Global Youth Climate Inquiry, an initiative of One Young World, Mishcon de Reya LLP and the Democracy and Culture Foundation

Together they will explore the intersections of climate, migration and the urgent need to shape new narratives for our changing future.

In partnership with 350.org, Choose Love, Connect4Climate – World Bank Group, One Young World, Mishcon de Reya LLP, Democracy and Culture Foundation



Tagore and the Environment

Join Dr Bashabi Fraser CBE for this insight into the wisdom of Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature but he was also an environmentalist with a global perspective. Rabindranath and his circle’s ecological consciousness is as relevant today as ever. His legacy can be seen in current sustainability policies. His spirit is alive in all voices calling for climate justice and urgent reform.

‘We may become powerful by knowledge, but we attain fullness by sympathy. The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.’
-Rabindranath Tagore, ‘My School’

Bashabi Fraser is also an award winning poet with a global vision. This is an event to refresh and nourish our minds and spirits, from one of Scotland’s finest academics and co-founder of the Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies (ScoTs). Followed by audience discussion.

The event is hosted by the Junor Gallery, which had a presence in the heart of St Andrews, Scotland from 2017 to 2020 and is now online. Its open door policy with its focus on art and poetry, discussion and debate honours the vital role of culture in reflecting on our experience and effecting social change.


Addressing Migration Driven by Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation in West Africa

Brief background: In West Africa, population movements have always been linked to the environment, be it in form of displacement in the context of disasters, transhumance or longer-term labour migration in the context of agricultural activities. Over the last decades, the adverse effects of climate change have intensified environmental events and processes in the region, such as droughts, desertification, water scarcity, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding, compelling more people directly and indirectly to leave their homes. States have made commitments in the GCM to address these dynamics in Objectives 2 and 5, and the Paris Agreement together with the Recommendations of the UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement call for addressing these trends.

Side event objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the links between migration, displacement, planned relocation and disasters, climate change and environmental degradation in West Africa.
  • Demonstrate how partnerships contribute to facilitating pathways for regular migration and minimizing displacement in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters in line with the guiding principles and commitments of States in the GCM, especially Objectives 2 and 5, and the Paris Agreement and the recommendations of the UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement.
  • Highlight solutions for people compelled to move in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation in West Africa.

Keynote Remarks: Ms. Aissata Kane, Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)


  • Dr. Amadou Diaw, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Government of Senegal
  • Dr. Bondi Gevao, Executive Chairman, Environment Protection Agency, Government of Sierra Leone
  • Representative of the NGO Trees for the Future
  • Representative of academia (Dr Mamadou Ndongo Dime, Professor, Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal or Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Wade, Lecturer, Assane Seck University, Ziguinchor, Senegal)
  • Representative of journalists (the winner from the IOM West Africa journalist competition)
  • Ms. Hind Aïssaoui Bennani, IOM Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal


Running the Race to Resilience Together: Communities Tapping Their Shared Cultures and Heritage for Climate Action

Culture — from arts to heritage — can help catalyse a step-change in the global ambition for climate resilience. In the past, this potential has often gone untapped, but this is changing as evidenced by the inclusion of culture-bases strategies in the updated Marrakesh Partnership Resilience Pathway and the new Race to Resilience. This event will build on these advances to inspire even greater mobilisation on from cultural actors, while also introducing those working in other fields of climate action to the benefits of partnering with cultural institutions, advocates and organisations.

Framing resilience narratives in the history of communities builds confidence born of the knowledge that past uncertainties were successfully met, while rooting resilience measures in existing community action, culture, heritage and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and local communities helps assure more effective and durable outcomes. Arts, culture and heritage can bring inclusive and people-centred approaches that support locally-led resilience work and help centre equity.

This event will feature local examples drawn from diverse voices and contexts, including food & agricultural, buildings and cities and coasts and oceans. Speakers include:

Angélica Arias Benavides, Former Minister of Culture and Heritage, Ecuador
Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, Facilitative Working Group, UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform
Teng Chamchumrus, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland
Rim Kelouaze, African World Heritage Youth Forum
Claire McGuire, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Shanon Shea Miller, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation (USA)
Navin Piplani, Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage
Julianne Polanco, California Office of Historic Preservation
Rosie Paul, Co-founder and Principal Architect, Mason’s Ink (India)
+ voices of communities on the frontlines of climate impacts via the Google Arts & Culture Heritage on the Edge project.


Act4Food Act4Change: Calling all young people to be agents of change in food systems transformation

The critical role that the food system plays in shaping our planetary and individual health is now undisputed. Our food systems are responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and the primary driver of biodiversity loss. Globally, 3 billion people cannot afford a healthy diet, whilst 1 in 3 people are living with overweight or obesity. Poor diets are responsible for 22% of adult deaths globally. We need change. We need a food system that ensures everyone, everywhere can access and afford a safe, sustainable and healthy diet.

Act4Food Act4Change is a youth led campaign which strives for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system with a goal of improving our global food system. The Act4Food pledge is a youth-led promise galvanising youth action to defeat hunger, improve health and heal the planet. Act4Change is a list of actions that young people want businesses and governments to make to improve the sustainability of our food system. We are now inviting all young change makers to vote for their top priority Actions 4 Change and to make their voice heard!

This event is brought to you by The Food Foundation working in partnership with WWF. It will be hosted by Dara Karakolis, Act4Food Act4Change Youth Leader from Canada & Global Youth Lead at The Food Foundation. She will be joined by youth leaders from countries across the globe, differing sectors and youth organizations. Join us for a fruitful and inclusive session on youth involvement in food systems transformation.


Weathering the Storm: Scottish Poets Discuss Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation

Three Scottish poets, Roseanne Watt from Shetland, with Pàdraig MacAoidh and Donald S. Murray, both from Lewis, will give readings of their work which reflects the challenges faced by island communities due to climate change and the ecological degradation it causes.

They also represent the diverse linguistic traditions of the Scottish islands which have persisted to this day despite many hardships and offer an insight into their unique form of resilience. The readings will be in English, Scottish Gaelic and Shetlandic with accompanying text for the English speaking and D/deaf audience members.

We wish to extend a warm welcome to all of the delegates and visitors to the COP especially to the indigenous peoples from around the world and hope that you will be able to attend. Ceud mìle fàilte! The event is chaired by Drew McNaughton, poet and former events coordinator for the Scottish Poetry Library and committee member of Seachdain na Gàidhlig.

We are grateful for the support of the Gaelic Books Council, Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Poetry Library. This event is also one of a number that have emerged out of Possible Dialogues, a collaboration between artists and indigenous people from Colombia and Scotland.


Coastal Blue Carbon Panel – The vital role of mangroves for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Mangrove forests are the ultimate nature-based solutions for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. They capture and store carbon dioxide – coastal blue carbon – and they do this at rates far greater than most tropical rainforests. Protecting and restoring mangroves is a highly efficient and effective way to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions, and supporting adaptation to climate change . Mangrove protection and restoration is a vital component of achieving the large-scale carbon drawdown essential if we are to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C.

Coastal tropical nations and their citizens hold the key to mangrove conservation and restoration.
This panel will bring together governments, civil society and world renowned scientists from Colombia, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Seychelles and Indonesia for an interactive discussion that will promote south-south knowledge sharing by:

  • Bringing to light the importance of mangroves in the context of global climate breakdown, from the perspective of coastal communities living on the frontline and governments working to ensure their countries’ blue economies are safeguarded
  • Demonstrating how the conservation and restoration of coastal blue carbon can help ensure that countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement are sufficiently ambitious to tackle the climate emergency
  • Explaining how, if the necessary policy and safeguarding frameworks are in place, carbon markets can be leveraged to fund and incentivise sustainable mangrove management and restoration
  • Highlighting some of the policy and implementation barriers that must be tackled if mangrove blue carbon is to reach its full potential, as well as some potential solutions to these barriers
    The panel discussion will be supplemented by mixed media and interactive audience Q&A.


Visions of tomorrow for a sustainable future in Scotland and Malawi

Our generation, and those that follow, will live with the consequences of the decisions being made now at COP26 in Glasgow.

The international collaboration between Malawi Scotland Partnership and 2050 Climate Group was announced by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2018 at the 2050 Climate Group Youth Summit. We’ve been supported by the Scottish Government since then and we are thrilled to have Màiri McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform join our session to discuss the importance of supporting collaborations between Scotland and Malawi young leaders.

Our partnership is based on the premise that young people are at the forefront of climate action. We believe that the urgent work of addressing the climate crisis is one that needs collaboration and a global mindset.

Our session will cover the work that we do in our respective countries, our visions for the future and our key asks out of COP26. You will hear from leaders in Malawi and Scotland. Come and hear our stories.

Brenda Mwale – Malawi Climate Leaders network
Chloe Campbell – 2050 Climate Group
David Samikwa – Malawi Climate Leaders network
Emma Yule – 2050 Climate Group
Màiri McAllan – Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Scottish Government
Sarah Knight – 2050 Climate Group
Tom McKennna – 2050 Climate Group
Lotte Beekenkamp (Moderator) – 2050 Climate Group


Covid-19: what has it meant for the people, the planet, and the future of off-grid energy access?

The panelists, the top off-grid sector experts and players, will explore the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on provision of decentralised clean energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Global South more broadly. They will discuss what the off-grid energy sector now needs to ensure the inclusive, resilient, and green recovery required for reaching climate-related goals, and specifically SDG7 – clean energy for all.

In a rich and wide-ranging discussion, panelists will interrogate different emerging hypotheses from the ‘Chapters of Covid’. These takeaways will be published in post-COP26 report, co-authored by a range of leading off-grid companies, investors and fund managers. Jonathan Phillips of Duke University’s Energy Access Project will moderate the panel and Duke will lead the development of the takeaways report.


“Unlocking the nature/net zero balance” – exploring the twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving and enhancing our natural environment

Nature is behind every drop of water that we consume, keeping us healthy and fed, powering industry and the economy. Our aquifers, lakes and wetlands provide us with water storage; our rivers and streams convey water along vibrant wildlife corridors; while our coastal saltmarshes serve as both a natural barrier against storms and as a sink for carbon.

In 2020, water companies in the UK spear-headed the industry’s low-carbon journey with the publication of the Net Zero 2030 Routemap – the world’s first detailed sector-wide plan to reach net zero by 2030. At the heart of the Routemap is a desire to move away from traditional concrete and steel solutions to a variety of nature-based solutions that bring wider co-benefits beyond net zero.

In this event, we will bring together representatives from the business and environmental communities to explore the opportunities and co-benefits of developing nature-based solutions in support of a Blue Recovery, and the key barriers to success. We will also offer insights around the challenge and opportunity of delivering net zero alongside nature recovery, providing attendees with leading examples from around the UK and exploring the role of regulatory frameworks and green finance in supporting the roll out and scaling up of nature-based programmes.

Hosted by: Christine McGourty, CEO, Water UK
Keynote: Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England
Panellists: Douglas Millican, CEO, Scottish Water
Darren Moorcroft, CEO, Woodland Trust
Ronan Palmer, Associate Director – Clean Economy, E3G
James Robinson, Director of Conservation, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Becky Speight, CEO, RSPB


Fairtrade Farmers: Our Food and the Fight for Climate Justice

Chair: Mary Kinyua, Oserian Flowers, Kenya and Fairtrade International representative to the COP President’s Civil Society and Youth Council


  • Benjamin Franklin Kouamé, Cocoa Farmer and Fairtrade Africa
  • Andres Gonzales, Sugar Farmer and Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Producers and Workers
  • Muniraju Shivanna, Sugar farmer and Fairtrade Network of Asian & Pacific Producers
  • Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Led Sourcing Manager, Ben & Jerry’s

A live, interactive panel discussion with Fairtrade farmer representatives from the Producer Networks and business leaders to discuss what further action is needed from citizens, business and governments to scale-up global efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

In order to achieve global climate targets, we need to transform the global food system and its relationship with global trade. Those already facing the harshest effects of the climate crisis must be a central part of building solutions for a just transition to a truly sustainable global food system.

Farming communities in climate vulnerable nations across the Global South are amongst those already experiencing the worst effects of climate change. We’ll hear some of the ways they are already taking action to adapt and support their communities and transition to more climate-friendly farming methods.


The Need to Be Cold

A conversation and artistic intervention on the effects of global warming that threaten the livelihood of Indigenous peoples in the arctic region. For this panel the Goethe-Institut invites experts to discuss ‘Green Colonialism’ and Indigenous self-determination in the North.

The hybrid event is part of the cross-border, interdisciplinary project focusing on the Arctic and Boreal regions “The Right to Be Cold”*: It negotiates questions of Indigenous rights, ecology, climate justice and culture. The project brings together the voices of those who stand up for self-determination and climate-justice and connects artists and institutions from Nunavik, Sápmi and Yakutia and other places in the Arctic region. Besides the multilingual online platform https://www.goethe.de/prj/eco/en/rbc.html , the residency relay and other activities contribute to share knowledge and connect discourses in the global North with those in the South.

* The title of the project comes from the long battle of Inuit to have their rights linked to climate change. The book of the same name by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (2015, Allen Lane Publication), testifies of her pioneering work in connecting climate change to human rights. Okalik Eegeesiak, Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) used the expression in her discourse at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 21 December 3, 2015 in Paris, France.