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FAO reiterates support to Small Island Developing States to better cope with the effects of climate change

Meeting with Cabo Verde’s Agriculture and Environment Minister on the side-lines of FAO’s Council

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva with Cabo Verde's Minister for Agriculture and Environment, meeting with Gilberto Correia Carvalho Silva

6 December 2017, Rome – FAO is committed to continue supporting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to tackle the effects of climate change, reiterated FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a meeting today with Cabo Verde’s Minister of Agriculture and Environment Gilberto Correia, on the side-lines of FAO’s Council.

Cabo Verde is a small island on the northwest coast of Africa that is currently hit by drought and is highly vulnerable to climate change.

Climate change is already affecting agriculture and food security and it disproportionately affects the poorest of the poor, most of whom rely on agricultural for their livelihoods.

The two leaders discussed ways forward to develop the island’s sustainable family farming sector.
They also welcomed the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23)’s landmark decision to recognize the important role agriculture plays in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Discussions at the recent COP23 focused on ways to minimize climate change while increasing efforts to assist developing countries, in particular SIDSs, adapt to changing weather patterns.