Welcome to the COP27 Food and Agriculture Pavilion Daily Recap, providing a snapshot of activities in and around the Pavilion. As delegates and observers to COP continued to arrive in Sharm El-Sheikh, on Monday, November 7, more than 100 world leaders gathered to officially open the UN-led international climate talks. On Tuesday, November 8, Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO, and Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, and Claudia Sadoff, Executive Managing Director of CGIAR, officially opened the Food and Agriculture Pavilion.
From left to right: Claudia Sadoff, Executive Managing Director of CGIAR; Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation; and Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO.
The Pavilion provides a gathering place for partners and stakeholders, with two weeks of event programming, meeting spaces, and conversation opportunities. Events will be available via livestream or recordings through the homepage, ensuring engagement and learning can reach people all over the world.
Events began on Sunday, November 6, with CGIAR’s Africa-based Regional Integrated Initiatives profiling engagement and work with partners across the continent. Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Hany Sweilam, delivered opening remarks at the event, while Martin Kropff, CGIAR’s Managing Director for Resilient Agri-Food Systems outlined the approach CGIAR and its partners will take to address challenges to Africa’s food, land, and water systems in the face of the climate crisis. You can learn more about the event and watch the recording here.
Through side events in the pavilion during the first three days of the COP, the co-hosts and partners:
- Unveiled knowledge and initiatives to foster transformative adaptation approaches and respond sustainably to food security challenges, addressing root causes of vulnerability while contributing to sustaining peace. Learn more.
- Discussed approaches to transformative adaptation for resilient agriculture in Africa. Learn more.
- Explored how regional collaboration, improved policies and increased investment for desert farming can help mitigate and adapt agriculture to the climate crisis. Learn more.
- Examined how the African Union Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (2022–2032) can serve as a common guide for governments and donors to maximize impact. Learn more.
The pavilion also played host to several bilaterals, including meetings with Esperança da Costa, Vice President of Angola; Johan Rockström, Joint Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and EAT Foundation Board Member; and Rodger Voorhies, President, Global Growth & Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Esperança da Costa, Vice President of Angola, meeting with Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO.
Videos and photos
Watch recordings and see photos from the events on November 6–8. You can also visit the COP27 Food and Agriculture Pavilion YouTube playlist to see all recordings from the Pavilion.
Beyond the Pavilion
Co-host news and resources
- The Economist: Farmers have stayed ahead of climate change so far; with help (including from CGIAR) they may continue to. Read more.
- CGIAR welcomes Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1.4 billion pledge to climate adaptation. Read more.
- It’s time to invest in the continent’s regional organisations (SciDev). Read more.
- Transformative adaptation and implications for transdisciplinary climate change research (Environmental Research Climate). Read more.
- Social equity in climate-resilient agriculture (CGIAR Brief). Read more.