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.
In order to safeguard and support the world’s agri-cultural heritage systems, FAO started an initiative for the identification and the dynamic conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS) in 2002....
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 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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The Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach addresses food security and climate change simultaneously, whilst contributing to greenhouse gas mitigation.
FAO advocates this integrated approach at the national level by supporting governments in providing policy-relevant evidence and tools, assisting in the design of national climate change adaptation plans, and in accessing climate finance. More…
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