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Vulnerability

Climate change poses new challenges to already-vulnerable populations. FAO recognises the need to understand the different vulnerabilities of men and women and their abilities to cope with and adapt to climate change and its impacts.  FAO works to integrate this knowledge into climate change policy to make it more effective and able to reach its goal of helping the poor to adapt.

Rural men and women’s ability to protect themselves from climatic changes threatening their food security at household and community levels, depends on the resources they have; by addressing the inequality between men and women’s access to resources, knowledge, decision-making as well as markets and services.  FAO’s work in fisheries, forestry and agriculture can contribute to better adaptation practices and more sustainable livelihood coping strategies. For more information on FAO's work on Social Protection click here: http://www.fao.org/economic/social-protection/en/.