Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The Alliance is to promote greater international engagement on ways agriculture can help reduce the impact of climate change. Vilsack said that producers in the United States and around the world are feeling the impact of climate change by experiencing production challenges from “extended droughts, more severe flooding, stronger storms, and new pests and diseases.”
Vilsack said the Alliance “offers the opportunity to collaboratively share knowledge, make investments and develop policies that will empower all producers to adapt to climate change and to mitigate its consequences. Long-term global food security depends on us acting together now.” The Alliance will include participation from governments, businesses, civil society groups and other groups around the world.