Pat O’Toole, a Wyoming cattle and sheep rancher and hay grower, and a member of the Solutions from the Land (SfL) board of directors, will be representing the farmers constituency at a workshop being staged Tuesday, June 15, by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
O’Toole, the long-term president of the Family Farm Alliance with a strong background in irrigated agriculture, will be the sole producer presenter offering farmer/rancher insight and recommendations in a special workshop on “sustainable land and water management, including integrated watershed management strategies, to ensure food security.”
The workshop, which is an being held at a UNFCCC “intercessional” meeting ahead of the next round of global climate talks in Glasgow, UK, this November, is a function of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA), a landmark agreement reached among global climate negotiators in November, 2017. The KJWA recognizes the unique potential of agriculture in tackling climate change and addresses six interrelated topics on soils, nutrient use, water, livestock, methods for assessing adaptation, and the socio-economic and food security dimensions of climate change across the agricultural sectors.
“It is an honor to represent the people who feed our world,” O’Toole said of his role in the upcoming workshop. “We are the logical problem solvers whose ideas and actions will move us into a sustainable future.”
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