Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) Senior Consultant Daniela Chiriac has been appointed to the U.S. Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems.

Launched in June 2022 by the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and the U.S. Agency for International Food and Agricultural Development (USAID), the subcommittee will advise BIFAD with independent recommendations to improve USAID programming and strategies.

The subcommittee will support USAID’s role in accelerating transformative climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches in agriculture, food systems and nutrition, and in targeting climate finance to benefit smallholder farmers. Subcommittee members bring diverse expertise across disciplines and organizational perspectives to tackle the greatest challenge to food security.

Leveraging the subcommittee’s work, BIFAD will provide USAID with independent, evidence-based recommendations on how to accelerate climate change action through programs to achieve climate change adaptation and mitigation results, agricultural productivity, inclusive food systems changes, and poverty- and malnutrition-reduction objectives.

At CPI, Daniela led the Sustainable Agriculture and Southern Africa streams of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. She is currently leading strategic and policy support to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to establish the ClimateShot Impact Investing Coalition, an initiative born at COP26 to accelerate climate and biodiversity finance for agriculture and food systems. She is also contributing to the climate finance tracking program, as the lead author of the CPI report Examining the Climate Finance Gap for Small-Scale Agriculture, which provides a framework for tracking and first of its kind insights into the level of climate finance flowing towards small-scale agriculture in developing countries. Moreover, Daniela is involved in providing support to development finance institutions and multilateral banks on investment vehicles for climate adaptation and tracking of nature-related finance.


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