Climate Change

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Type: Multimedia
Year: 2018

Nasho is one of the areas in Rwanda's Eastern Province where food production decreased due to drought caused by climate change.

80 percent of Rwandans depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and because of the drought many lost their jobs. Some fled to other countries.

In 2015, FAO launched a project to enhance small-scale irrigation technologies, targeting Kirehe, Kayonza and Nyagatare Districts. The farmers were trained on how to use and maximize the technologies.

Farmers from the “Calena” cooperative in Nasho received irrigation equipment and are now able to farm their fields by pumping water from Lake Nasho. They no longer only depend on rain to grow crops, and can cultivate year-round.

Type: Multimedia
Year: 2018

Agricultural drought is a climatic phenomenon that slowly develops and has an impact on the agricultural sector across the globe. Since it affects food production and access to resources, it endangers the livelihoods and lives of millions of households. In order to develop drought policies and plans it is important to have real time georeferenced information that allows taking timely decisions given a drought risk. FAO has developed an information system that allows countries to monitor vegetation and crops of their territory using satellite data: the Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS).

FAO is currently supporting governments around the world to calibrate ASIS to their national conditions so that they can count on updated information for monitoring drought and developing preparedness, mitigation and response plans.

Type: Multimedia
Year: 2018

The preparation of a national greenhouse gas inventory is an essential element in moving towards a greener economy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In Bangladesh, the compilation of a national a greenhouse gas inventory for the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector is made difficult by a lack of reliable data, limited documentation and a limited number of national greenhouse gas inventory experts. Since 2012, with the technical support of FAO, Forest Department under the Ministry of Environment and Forests aims to strengthen the national capacities and build a critical mass of people to reliably estimate emissions that result from human activities. A robust national greenhouse gas inventory system is critical to monitor efforts that intend to reduce emissions, as well as for integrating climate change into government’s national planning and for international reporting purposes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Type: Multimedia
Year: 2018

According to the global climate risk index, Viet Nam is one of the ten nations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Typhoons and other extreme weather events are increasing. Another impact is sea level rise, which is leading to saline intrusion, destroying rice fields and other crops. Women farmers now form the majority of agricultural workers in the province because men are migrating to cities to work. To plan for adaptation in the agriculture sectors, the Vietnamese government is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) within a global program known as Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag).

Type: Multimedia
Year: 2017

Throughout history, insects have posed challenges by spreading diseases, damaging crops and affecting environments, causing damage of more than 70 billion dollars a year. With climate change, insects are moving into new areas and authorities must implement strict quarantine measures – even within countries. Initially used to ensure safety of high-value spices, fish and meat, food irradiation is increasingly used also on fresh fruits and vegetables to prevent the spread of invasive insects. And several countries provide irradiated food rations during natural disasters when hygiene and cold storage are disrupted. Food irradiation calls for shining beams of energy, such as X-rays, gamma rays or electron beams, onto food because it destroys bacteria that can cause food poisoning; it neutralizes insect pests in food consignments; it maintains food quality by destroying spoilage organisms or suppressing sprouting; and it protects packaged food from microbial and insect contamination. http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/resour...