FAO-Adapt is an organization-wide framework programme launched in June 2011. It provides general guidance and introduces principles as well as priority themes, actions and implementation support to FAO’s multi-disciplinary activities for climate change adaptation.  

Improving the efficiency and coordination of adaptation efforts

FAO-Adapt provides an umbrella to FAO’s adaptation activities, including short-term and long-term adaptation measures. FAO-Adapt aims to enhance coordination, efficiency and visibility of FAO’s adaptation work. 

FAO’s Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change and its subgroup on adaptation facilitate the implementation process of FAO-Adapt. Technical units in FAO Headquarters and decentralized offices lead the delivery of outputs and actions consolidated under the priority themes defined in the Framework Programme.


Climate Change News

Farmers' battle to cope with climate change could spark rural renewal 6 June 2014 6 June 2014, Rome - Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, argues a new FAO publication. On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate change's impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting rural communities' resilience and adaptive capacities is essential to safeguarding world food security, notes FAO success stories on climate-smart agriculture , released today. [more]
FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers 30 May 2014 30 May 2014, Rome - Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed the livestock which are the foundation of their livelihoods. Yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded - an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities.To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB) have for the past several years been working to link grasslands restoration efforts to international climate financing schemes. [more]
FAO and OIE boost collaboration on animal health 26 May 2014 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) pledged to step up their existing collaboration to control animal disease, ensure the safety of food from animal origin and promote safe trade. FAO Director-General, Graziano da Silva underlined that climate change represented a growing threat for the future of animal health and its repercussions for global food security.Tropical vector-borne diseases like Rift Valley fever and malaria are highly sensitive to climatic conditions, while climate change may affect the distribution and migration of wild birds that harbour avian influenza viruses, he said, citing the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).As a result, climate change is ‘a huge concern to be shared’ and an additional focus of common work, Graziano da Silva said. [more]

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last updated:  Monday, August 5, 2013