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Pope Francis urges action on climate change and conflict to address migration'

Pope Francis urges action on climate change and conflict to address migration

World Food Day official ceremony highlights links between migration and hunger
Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output'

Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output

FAO report notes rebounding harvests in most low-income food-deficit countries
World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says'

World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says

815 million people now hungry – Millions of children at risk from malnutrition
Giving new life to degraded lands in Small Island Developing States'

Giving new life to degraded lands in Small Island Developing States

An FAO partnership with Google is helping collect and analyse land degradation data

FAO's work on Climate Change

Climate change threatens our ability to achieve 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

FAO Strategy on Climate Change

Climate change is a top corporate priority for FAO. Through this newly-endorsed Strategy on Climate Change, FAO aims to enhance the institutional and technical capacities of Member States, improve the integration of food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the international climate agenda and strengthen the internal coordination and delivery of FAO’s work.

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FAO supports countries to achieve their NDCs
At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015, Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) were the basis for negotiations, helping form the Paris Agreement. At COPP22 in 2016 these INDCs became Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - roadmaps for achieving the Paris Agreement. The Agriculture sectors feature prominently in the 161 INDCs and 22 NDCs submitted to the UNFCCC by 189 countries as at 29 July 2016.

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