Dr Janny Vos, CABI

CABI is a global organisation that specialises in knowledge and information on agriculture and the environment. They are at COP21 to see what is being decided at the global level and hopes to see on the ground action after the talks. Today is Farmers Day at COP21 and Dr Vos tells Climate Home about the outcomes of a farmer’s panel from the morning. Farmers discussed how climate change is being seen everywhere, and many are affected by changing rainfall patterns, unusual pests and diseases, and drier or wetter conditions that normal. Dr Vos thinks its essential to increase agricultural resilience by transferring knowledge to smallholder farmers so they are able to get a return on their investments. Dr Vos gives an example of CABI’s pilot project PlantLife where plant doctors in 34 countries provide diagnoses and recommendations for farmers, helping build resilience and track pest and disease patterns.