Knowledge Tank for agriculture sectors’ adaptation to climate change

This NAP-Ag Knowledge Tank:

  • Contains tools, methods, case studies and other knowledge materials on climate change adaptation in the agriculture sectors (crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture).
  • Targets national planners, development actors and decision makers.
  • Supports countries in highlighting key resources for adaptation planning and budgeting, especially in formulating and implementing National Adaptation Plans (NAP).

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Topics: Climate change
Areas of work: development
Element when formulating and implementing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
A) Laying the ground work
B) Preparatory elements
C) Implementation strategies
D) Reporting, monitoring and review
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Number of records: 150
The objective of this study is to enhance our understanding the El Niño phenomenon using FAO’s Agricultural Stress Index System (ASIS) and improve effective early warning capabilities of FAO and partners to issue and trigger timely disaster risk reduction measures. The study contributes to the objective of increasing the resilience of communities and their livelihoods. The study can help countries in integrating early warning systems and lessons learned form past southern oscillation phenomena into their national adaptation and disaster risk reduction plans, budgets and strategies.  
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: drought; monitoring; El Niño; el nino; phenomenon; agricultural; stress; index; early; warning; capacity; capacities; disaster; risk; reduction; measures; framework; understanding; maps; map; data; southern; oscillation; index; oceanic; characteristic; meteorological factors; meteorological observations; agrometeorology; cropping patterns;
Type of resource: Publication or Report
This publication summarizes the thematic studies FAO prepared on the interactions between climate change and plant, animal, forest, aquatic, invertebrate and micro-organism genetic resources, following the request of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The publication is part of the supplementary materials to the NAP technical guidelines produced by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: genetic; resources; food; security; interactions; invertebrate; forest; plant; animal; aquatic; micro-organism; research; plant; conservation; environment; control; sustainable; development; coping; climate; change; ecosystem; approach; management
Type of resource: Publication or Report
FAO is undertaking a pilot project within Tadla-Azilal region that addresses concerns of climate change in combination with improving resilience and livelihood of small scale and marginal farmers. The Tadla-Azilal project region combines high agricultural potential with medium to high level of sensitivity to climate change (and water shortage). Expected outcomes of the project include:  the development of an integrated multi-disciplinary methodology for climate-smart adaptation strategy including technical, scientific, economic and socio-institutional dimensions; testing an approach to generate and implement sustainable development projects for small scale producers in line with best climate-smart practices; and the development of  tools and training materials for climate change adaptation appraisal and program and investment planning at national and local levels. This case study provides good practices to formulate projects responding to national needs and local potential and expectations and to adopt multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of climate change impacts, important elements when planning adaptation to climate change.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: case; study; morocco; planning; national; capacity; strengthening; resilience; adaptation; climate; smart; agriculture; approach; practices; strategy; methodology; multi-disciplinary; multi disciplinary; sustainable; development; test; testing; small; scale; marginal; farmer; farmers; smallholder; smallholders; tools; socio; institutional; training; material; materials; investment; local
Type of resource: Case study
This guidebook provides a set of tools and methods to assess existing structures and capacities of national, district and local institutions with responsibilities for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in order to improve their effectiveness and the integration of DRM concerns into development planning, with particular reference to disaster-prone areas, vulnerable sectors and population groups. The strategic use of the Guide is expected to enhance understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing existing DRM institutional structures and their implications for on-going institutional change processes. It also highlights the complex institutional linkages among various actors and sectors at different levels. Finally, helps in identifying gaps within the existing DRM institutions and/or systems including sectoral line agencies that are often responsible for implementing the technical aspects of DRM (e.g. agriculture, water and health sectors). A strategic approach for climate change adaptation planning begins by taking stock of what is already in place at the country level and identifying the key gaps that need to be addressed to better manage risks in the context of climate change in the agriculture sector.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: DRR; assessment; analysis; data; interpretation; framework; tools; methods; capacities; capacity; planning; institutional; actors; structures; gaps; community; early warning;
Type of resource: Learning material, Publication or Report
The sourcebook indicates some of the necessary ingredients required to achieve a climate-smart approach within the agricultural sectors. It aims to help decision makers to understand the different options that are available for planning, policies and investments and the approaches and practices that can be adopted in a context-specific manner for making different agricultural sectors, landscapes and food systems more climate-smart. This sourcebook is a reference tool for planners, practitioners and policy makers working in agriculture, forestry and fisheries at national and subnational levels, including for national climate plans and strategies.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: climate; smart; agriculture; CSA; approach; barriers; agricultural sectors; food systems; planning; options; policies; practices; investments; decision making; decision-making; landscapes; landscape; management; soil; soils; resilience; agrifood; system; value; chain; synergy; synergies; assessment; institutional; institution; implementation; monitoring; evaluation; guidance; policy; investment
Type of resource: Publication or Report
Link to the related web site: www.fao.org/climate-smart-agriculture
This skills assessment framework clarifies the complex mix of institutional measures needed for adaptation planning to be successful backed by well-tailored and recurrent skills development. The publication is derived from experience acquired during a joint UNDP-UNITAR Global Water Partnership mission carried out in Niger in May 2014, under the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP). A useful framework when laying the ground, aderssing gaps and formulating a national adaptation plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: gap; skills; assessment; national; adaptation; planning; implementation; action; analysis; socio; cultural; social; organization; framework; stakeholders; policy; strategy; leadership; management; coordination; building capacity;
Type of resource: Publication or Report
Link to the related web site: http://adaptation-undp.org/projects/naps-ldcs
Recognized by the UNFCCD as the primary recommended database for sustainable land management good practices, including measures of adaptation, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network of national, regional and international institutions, such as FAO, providing tools and methods that allow sustainable land management specialists to identify fields and needs of action and to share their valuable knowledge in land resources management. The WOCAT knowledge products: 1) a global online database system of three databases on SLM technologies, SLM approaches and SLM mapping, including case studies and maps from over 50 countries; 2)  global, regional, national publications, factsheets, guidelines, inventories of practices; and 3) videos can help in identifying and illustrating how to implement SLM practices as part of adaptation actions in the field and landscape levels.   
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: practices; implementation; sustainable; land; management; water; SLM; database; best practice; adaptation; tools; methods; knowledge; mapping; technologies; approach; case; study; degradation; watershed
Type of resource: Database or Platform
Link to the related web site: https://www.wocat.net/en/about-wocat.html
MOSAICC is a tool for simulation designed to carry out inter-disciplinary climate change impact assessments on agriculture through simulations. It integrates four models: a statistical downscaling portal to downscale Global Circulation Models (GCM) data to weather stations networks, a hydrological model for estimating water resources for irrigation in major basins, two water balance-based crop models to simulate crop yields under climate change scenarios and a Computable General Equilibrium model (CGE) to assess the effect of changing yields on national economies. A data management system and a flexible and configurable system allow the users to upload data and run multiple models. The results from simulations by MOSAICC can be used by experts from national partner institutions but also by a wider audience of policymakers, scientists, students, civil society organizations, to raise awareness of the potential impacts of climate change and the need for adaptation. This simulation tools helps in laying the ground and formulating a Nation Adaptation Plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: model; impact; vulnerability; knowledge; data; case; study; studies; economic; interdisciplinary; model; models; simulation; platform; scenario; scenarios; climate; change; hydrology; agronomy; forestry; economy; assessment; case; study; studies
Type of resource: Tool, Publication or Report
This study assesses the impact of medium to large scale natural hazards and disasters on the agriculture sector and subsectors in developing countries between 2003 and 2013, focusing on direct physical damage and indirect economic losses. The findings of the study are expected to support national and international efforts to reduce damage and losses caused by disasters and strengthen the resilience of the agriculture sector, in line with resilience targets set under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Universal Climate Change Agreement. It feeds in the stocktaking exercise, the assessment of needs and the climate vulerabilities analysis when developping a National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: model; impact; vulnerability; knowledge; data; damage; loss; resilience; hazards; disasters; economic; agriculture; Sendai; framework; disaster; risk; reduction; drr; DRR; SDG; sustainable development goals; agreement; climate; change; production; quantify; impact; cumulative; drought; crop; livestock; sub-Saharan Africa; sub; Saharan; Africa; financial; resource; flows; drought;
Type of resource: Publication or Report
This report provides an overview of the cascading impacts of climate change on food security and nutrition, from physical impacts on agro-ecosystems to livelihoods and food security. It explore ways to reduce negative impacts through adaptation and resilience. As such, it also aims to answer the adaptation needs and demands conveyed by many countries in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for COP21.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: outline; challenge; challenges; opportunity; opportunities; plan; strategy; example; vulnerabilities; vulnerability; resilience; adaptation; impacts; climate change
Type of resource: Publication or Report
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