With support from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA), Crops For the Future (CFF) and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) hosted a Global Action Plan for Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) high-level meeting to address the role of agricultural diversification in meeting SDG 13 in Marrakech on 14 November 2016.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of COP22 with the primary objective to initiate discussions on the effects increasing temperature has on agriculture. GAPAD is an initiative to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA 2030). Agricultural diversification will help diversify our food systems beyond just the world’s major crops grown as monocultures. It also helps withstand the impacts of climate change by providing subsistence and livelihood options in vulnerable environments.

The meeting was attended by the Honourable Dato’ Sri Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and proceeded with a panel discussion which initiated steps towards addressing the issue from a global standpoint, contributed by the multi-national list of delegates and attendees. The discussion was attended by world renowned leaders from government, non-government sector, academia, scientists and business.