Patrice Burger : “Agroecology must be on the agenda if it’s to become a tool recommended by the COP”
The 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification starts this Monday 9 May in Abidjan, one week after publication of the latest UNCCD report. According to the report, 40% of land is now degraded with one in two people being affected by the phenomenon. Solutions do exist however, and the agenda of this COP focuses heavily on adapting to droughts and the transition toward sustainable agriculture. Patrice Berger, President and co-founder of the NGO CARI (Centre d’actions et de réalisations internationales - Centre for International Actions and Achievements) emphasises the importance of this 15th desertification COP and the steps he is taking to propel agroecology to the top of the negotiation agenda, including through his presentation of the outcomes from the AVACLIM project.