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As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world'

As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world

Open, predictable and fair global food markets can help strengthen climate change response efforts and contribute to fighting hunger, says new report
Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says'

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

821 million people now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting hunger eradication goal at risk
Healthy soils are essential to achieve Zero Hunger, peace and prosperity'

Healthy soils are essential to achieve Zero Hunger, peace and prosperity

FAO Director-General urges countries to scale up soils' potential to help address climate change
Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems'

Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

The livelihoods of millions of fishery-dependent people at risk - FAO Director-General urges governments to resolve adaptation funding disputes
Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future'

Forests and trees are key for a sustainable future

FAO publishes new State of the World’s Forests report

FAO's work on Climate Change

Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity and livestock are a significant driver of climate change, trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere and triggering global warming.

Climate change has both direct and indirect effects on agricultural productivity including changing rainfall patterns, drought, flooding and the geographical redistribution of pests and diseases. The vast amounts of CO2 absorbed by the oceans causes acidification, influencing the health of our oceans and those whose livelihoods and nutrition depend on them. FAO is supporting countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through a wide range of research based and practical programmes and projects, as an integral part of the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Strategic Programmes

Recent publications

Tackling Climate Change Through the Empowerment of Rural Women

This booklet introduces the key gender-related challenges, existing data and evidence and international commitments, and highlights extensive related FAO work aimed at achieving sustainable and inclusive agricultural development for food security and nutrition under a changing climate.

Did you know?

By 2030 Africa will lose two-thirds of its arable land if the march of desertification - the spread of arid, desert-like areas of land - is not stopped. Action Against Desertification is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) implemented by FAO and partners to restore drylands and degraded land...

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