Africa’s Deep Disappointment At The Stagnation Of Negotiations On Agriculture At COP 28

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), which represents 37 African networks and organizations representing 200 million Africans, welcomes the first steps taken at COP 28. The agreement on the operationalization of the agreement on loss and damage, the signing of the “Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action” by 134 world leaders, as well as the COP 28 Presidency’s focus on transformation of food systems, with all its drawbacks, and the global agreement to reduce methane production by 30% by 2030, are among the notable results.

However, AFSA expresses its deep disappointment and concern over the stalled negotiations on the Sharm el-Sheikh Joint Work on Agriculture and Food Security (SSJW). Despite the critical importance of these issues, negotiations on joint work on agriculture and food security at COP 28 are at an impasse, confirming the lack of progress noted at the body’s meeting subsidiary SB58 which was held in Bonn in June.