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21/06/2012

Incorporating climate change considerations into agricultural investment programmes – A guidance document

FAO’s Investment Centre Division, in collaboration with FAO’s Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, has published a new report on: “Incorporating climate change considerations into agricultural investment programmes – A guidance document”. This best practices guidance document is intended to help development professionals  and government officials who are involved in agricultural and rural development investment operations to mainstream climate change considerations in programme identification, design and supervision.
 
The link between food security, rural livelihoods and climate change is well recognized, and the idea of mainstreaming climate change into agricultural and rural development investment programmes has become increasingly important. This publication provides practitioners with pertinent information from FAO and external sources, as well as options and good practices on rapid assessments, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction.
 
“We have arranged the guidance document so that it is easy to find what you need,” explained Katia Medeiros DuBois, Senior Environmental Officer from FAO’s Investment Centre. "Three main areas are addressed: adaptation and mitigation in agricultural sectors, incorporating climate change considerations into agricultural investment, and financing options for climate change activities. We have also included several annexes that have useful information for integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into the programme cycle.”

 The report was distributed this week to participants of the  United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and can be downloaded here.