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Global carbon dioxide emissions have increased by nearly 50 per cent since 1990.
The average sea level is predicted to rise to 24 – 30cm by 2065 and 40-63cm by 2100.
Agriculture and deforestation account for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.
In developing countries, up to 83 percent of the economic impact of drought falls on agriculture.
The degradation of the world’s soils has released about 78 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Food production threatens to be the greatest casualty of climate change, but sustainable agriculture can be part of the solution.

Climate change is having profound consequences on our planet’s diversity of life and people’s lives. Sea levels are rising and oceans are warming. Longer, more intense droughts threaten freshwater supplies and crops, endangering efforts to feed a growing world population. Without action, the changing climate will seriously compromise food production in countries and regions that are already highly food insecure. It will affect food availability by reducing the productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries, and hinder access to food by disrupting the livelihoods of millions of rural people who depend on agriculture for their incomes.

FAO is supporting countries to both adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change by developing national climate plans and through research-based programmes and projects, with a focus on adapting smallholder production and making the livelihoods of rural populations more resilient. 

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FAO Strategy on Climate Change

Based on FAO’s work for over a decade, the Climate Change Strategy has been formulated to focus FAO’s work on climate change in light of these landmark decisions. [...]

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