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FAO Strategy on Climate Change

FAO considers climate change a top-line corporate priority. Through this newly-endorsed Strategy on Climate Change, FAO will focus its work on three fronts:

  • First, to enhance institutional and technical capacities of Member States.
  • Second, to improve integration of food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the international climate agenda.
  • And third, to strengthen internal coordination and delivery of FAO’s work.

This Strategy translates FAO’s core mandate into strategic choices and action priorities at global, regional, national and local levels with the central goal of supporting its Member Nations in achieving their commitments to face climate change. It will be implemented through FAO’s Strategic Framework. 

FAO’s support to countries facing climate change

FAO estimates that almost 800 million people are hungry today, and that population growth will require a food production of about 60 percent by 2050. The global response to climate change today will determine how we feed future generations tomorrow. Countries now have the opportunity to transform their agricultural sectors to achieve food security for all.

FAO has made supporting member countries in their identification of relevant challenges and responses a priority. The strong linkages between climate change’s effects and FAO’s mandate of achieving global food security and nutrition and sustainable development are clear. To achieve FAO’s vision of a world without hunger enhanced action to reduce climate change related impacts on food security is required.

FAO is supporting countries in their response to the impacts of climate change by providing technical guidance, data and tools for improved decision making and the implementation of adaptive measures.  FAO has also embedded these tools and approaches in broader frameworks such as FAO-Adapt, Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Disaster Risk Reduction for Food and Nutrition Security Framework.

FAO’s work focuses on adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sectors and advocates for better management of synergies and trade-offs among both.  

Its assistance to developing countries focuses on integrated approaches to agricultural development as well as through the design of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and climate actions that countries have publicly pledged to achieve, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).