Dr Henry Neufeldt, World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre’s main mission is to transform lives and livelihoods by using trees to improve landscape integrity and sustainability. Dr Neufeldt explains that integrating trees into agricultural systems has significant mitigation and adaptation benefits and they are at COP21 to ensure sustainable agriculture is central to the negotiations. Agriculture is responsible for 25% of carbon emissions directly due to emissions and indirectly due to land use change. Dr Neufeldt explains that despite this agriculture is not being discussed in the text and tells Climate Home that the significance of agriculture’s contribution to emissions will increase as other sectors decarbonise. Finally, agriculture is vital in achieving the sustainable development goals as through agroforestry techniques farmers can bio diversify their income, produce more food, reducing food insecurity and thus reduce their vulnerability to climate shocks.