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FAO supporting Bolivia’s bid to access climate funding via UN fund'

FAO supporting Bolivia’s bid to access climate funding via UN fund

President Evo Morales and Director General José Graziano da Silva agree to joint proposal to Green Climate Fund
FAO Director-General urges more support to help small farmers adapt to a changing climate'

FAO Director-General urges more support to help small farmers adapt to a changing climate

Failure to act now will compromise future food production, sabotage 2030 development agenda
Millions of people face food shortages in the the Horn of Africa'

Millions of people face food shortages in the the Horn of Africa

FAO calls for immediate response to prevent catastrophe due to severe drought
Latin America and the Caribbean could be first developing region to eradicate hunger'

Latin America and the Caribbean could be first developing region to eradicate hunger

Community of Latin American and Caribbean States food security plan offers a clear pathway to zero hunger within ten years, FAO Director-General says

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 by FAO to guide the international community when delivering support to developing countries.  It identifies common challenges and the types of support required to address them.

Did you know?

Mountains occupy around 22% of the Earth’s surface, and are home to about 1.2 billion people, many of whom rely on the mountains for their water supply, agriculture, hydroelectricity and biodiversity.

Around the world, mountains share a number of common features related to climate change, one being the melting of glaciers and permafrost triggering rock fall, debris and mud flow which are a serious threat to humans and livestock and can severely damage property and crops. More…

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