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New partnership between FAO and UNFCCC climate body'

New partnership between FAO and UNFCCC climate body

Agreement will formalize collaboration to strengthen countries’ ability to craft agriculture strategies, meet pledges
United States joins pioneering plant genetic resources treaty'

United States joins pioneering plant genetic resources treaty

Number of countries participating in Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture grows to 143

FAO's work on Climate Change

Climate change is a threat to global food security, sustainable development and poverty eradication. Greenhouse gases (GHG) from human activity are the most significant driver of observed climate change.

Climate change encompasses and goes far beyond global warming and its consequences – for example the melting of polar ice caps and glaciers leading to sea level rise. It brings about deeper implications such as extreme weather events, disruption of the water cycle, ocean acidification and changes in the function and composition of ecosystems.

The agriculture sectors that include crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, must adapt to a changing climate. Improving the resilience of food production systems is key to feeding a growing population. For this reason climate change must be addressed as an integral part of the overall development agenda.

Strategic Programmes

Smallholder farmers in West and Central Africa are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For them, small-scale irrigation and other forms of agricultural water management are critical in...

Agroecology is based on applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be...

The Emissions intensity (Ei) of enteric methane (CH4) varies greatly across the globe. There are a number of ongoing efforts to generate more robust estimates of mitigation potential in the...

Recent publications

The agricultural sectors in nationally determined contributions (NDCs): priority areas for international support

The agricultural sectors should be a priority for the international community given their prominence in the INDCs and their potential to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation. This paper was written to guide the international community when delivering support to developing countries. 

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Women play a critical role in the response to climate change

But unequal participation in decision-making, legal or regulatory issues regarding women’s land tenure, and cultural norms can prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy making and implementation. More…




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