The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held a final workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) for the agriculture, forestry, and land use change (AFOLU) sectors at the BRAC Inn Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 25 and 26. The workshop brought together more than 60 experts in their fields to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without seriously hurting agricultural production.
Attendees of LEDS AFOLU workshop in Dhaka.
One of the features of the event was putting together 4 working groups that covered soils and crops; livestock and fisheries; forestry; and biofuels and cookstoves. Each expert chose the working group that best suited their area of expertise. Each of these working groups developed concrete policies in their particular focus topic that could be implemented to deliver “smart mitigation” — reduction of GHG emissions per unit of output without hurting overall production.