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FAO's Programme work in Climate Change

FAO is implementing a series of global programmes that are successfully supporting countries to develop and implement the policy frameworks and institutional arrangements needed to transform policy and create an enabling environment for agricultural development under climate change.  

The ongoing projects respond to the needs and demands of countries, and thus vary in thematic focus, scope and scale.  

Key Strategic Programmes

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...

Project Showcase

The Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (MOSAICC) is an integrated package of models which allows users to assess the impact of climate change on agriculture. The aim of MOSAICC is to build capacities of experts in...

The “Analysis and Mapping of Impacts under Climate Change for Adaptation and Food Security (AMICAF)” project is being implemented by FAO to fill the information gap between academic climate change impact assessments and stakeholder decision making processes.

Multi-disciplinary assessment...

As the need for sustainable food and agriculture systems becomes increasingly urgent, there has been a variety of different sustainability initiatives launched in recent years with the aim of promoting a transition to sustainability.  FAO built on existing efforts to develop...

The Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT), an appraisal system developed by FAO, provides ex-ante estimates of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects, programmes and policies on the carbon-balance. The carbon-balance is defined as the net balance from all greenhouse...

The Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP) tool is a project that addresses the need to better understand and respond to the concerns and interests of family farmers and pastoralists in their efforts to...

ASIS (Agriculture Stress Index System) monitors vegetation indices across global crop areas during the growth season and can detect hotspots all over the world where crops may be affected by drought.

Drought is the world’s most destructive natural hazard and has...