Climate change, energy and food
High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy Rome, 3-5 June 2008

Climate change, water and food security

Climate change is expected to substantially impact the availability, variability and annual distribution of freshwater resources. Agriculture uses about 70% of all water withdrawal and, in a situation of water scarcity, agriculture, inland fisheries and aquaculture are expected to be significantly affected by such changes.

This Expert Meeting will review possible scenarios in terms of the impact of climate change on the global hydraulic regime and possible impacts on water management for food production. It will appraise adaptation options and implementation strategies that have significant potential to maintain or enhance water management and food security in a sustainable and economically viable way.

It will propose strategic lines of action for FAO and its partners to address, and respond to, the uncertainties posed by a changing climate and to develop plans for enhanced water management for food production.

DATE: 26-28 February 2008
VENUE: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy