India scores a win in Warsaw on emission cuts affecting farmers 

NITIN SETHI  Nov 13, 2013 

Published in The Hindu

India found wide-ranging support from other countries in its effort, including the entire G77+China bloc and surprisingly the U.S. too.

India has scored an early victory at the climate negotiations here, ensuring that the talks remain focused on adapting agricultural practices to climate change and not on costly emission reduction measures that would impact farmers directly.

India found wide-ranging support from other countries, including the entire G77+China bloc and, surprisingly, the United States.

The developed countries, especially the European Union, have for several years been keen on ensuring that climate negotiations focus on reducing emissions in the agricultural sector. India, China and a large number of African countries have countered by pointing out that emission reduction efforts in the agricultural sector would affect farmers — who constitute a large percentage of the population, and are often the poorest, in the developing world. They also argue that the effort to reduce emissions should be focus on fossil-fuel-based activities that spew out carbon dioxide — the greatest contributor to global warming by far. As paddy fields and livestock are some of the biggest causes of emissions, emission reduction in the sector has major implications for India and China.

The Indian delegation and other developing countries were taken by surprise on the first day of the Warsaw meet when it was announced by the elected chairs of the talks that there was a plan to have a formal decision adopted on the agriculture sector by the end of the two weeks of negotiations.

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