Advancing the Climate Change Agenda

in agriculture and food security

in the Near East and North Africa

A Forum held at FAO headquarters, Rome

9-10 November 2009


The FAO Investment Centre, in collaboration with the World Bank and the United Nations Rome-based agencies (the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD] and the World Food Programme [WFP]) held a forum centred on advancing the climate change agenda in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region by analysing operational mechanisms and mobilizing the financial resources required to mainstream adaptation and mitigation measures into agriculture and rural development projects.

As climate change becomes a more serious threat to agricultural production worldwide, existing agricultural systems are being questioned and are facing greater challenges for the future, both from the mitigation side (as a greenhouse gas emitter) and from the adaptation side (ensuring food production for a steadily increasing world population). The ongoing negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the post-2012 regime, which will culminate in December 2010 in Cancun (COP 16), are seriously considering the agricultural sector, recognizing that it is part of both the challenge and the solution.

The Forum  took place at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome from 9 to 10 November 2009, preceding the FAO Conference  (18-23 November 2009).