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Publications

New Climate Economy (NCE), The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Best Practices

Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Bangalore Climate Change Initiative – Karnataka (BCCI-K)

Approximately 70 percent of the rural poor rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. In developing countries, it is a major occupational sector and primary source of income for the poor. World Bank statistics (2014) show that, whereas agriculture value-added as a percentage of GDP is 3 per cent for the world on average, it is 32 per cent for low-income countries.

Greening the agricultural sector involves addressing poverty as well as meeting the nutritional needs of a growing global population while also minimizing the environmental degradation associated with certain agricultural practices. According to UNEP’s Green Economy Report, the greening of agriculture refers to the increasing use of farming practices and technologies that simultaneously:

  • Maintain and increase productivity and profitability while ensuring sustainability of food and ecosystem services;
  • Reduce negative externalities (e.g. emissions) and gradually increase positive ones (e.g. carbon sink or biodiversity); 
  • Rebuild natural capital assets by using resources more efficiently.

Relevance to SDGs

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 emphasizes the need for a global partnership to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. Green growth has an important role to play in fostering interlinkages between sustainable agriculture and the empowerment of smallholder farmers, ending rural poverty and promoting gender equality.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 2: 

SDG 2.3
    Productivity    
   SDG 2.4
     Resiliency     
   SDG 2.b
Agri-food Trade

Projects

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Learning Products

Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN)
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

Insights

Are you a city-dweller, concerned about the challenges of urbanisation, resilience and inclusiveness?

Carlo Carraro, GGKP Advisory Committee Chair, discusses the impact of climate-related disasters in the agricultural industry and the role that insurance systems play.
Dr. Prasoon Agarwal, Siddarthan Balasubramania and Ajith Radhakrishnan, from GGGI, discuss the game-changing potential of Micro Irrigation technology in the agricultural sector in Karnataka, India.