FAO Regional Office for Africa

Transforming Agriculture in Africa’s Small Island Developing States – new study from FAO’s Regional Office for Africa

FAO’s Regional Office for Africa will release a new report on lessons learned and options for climate-smart agriculture investments in Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Seychelles. The release will accompany an event coordinated by FAO in Rome, “Transforming agri-food systems: achievements of climate-smart agriculture” highlighting projects from around the world established by FAO and partners including the World Bank, IFAD, Rainforest Alliance, CGIAR/CCAFS and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Africa’s SIDS have the highest poverty rates of all SIDS worldwide and most are considered Least Developed Countries.  Despite producing just one percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, SIDS are the most affected by the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more frequent storms, floods, and droughts.

The African SIDS struggle to develop sustainably as they have narrow resource bases, fragile natural environments, reliance on ocean resources and imported food, high energy, transport and communication costs and volatile market dependencies.

FAO’s Regional Office for Africa has studied three SIDS with different levels of development and GDP to gather lessons learned from each and to offer options for climate-smart agriculture. Urgent action and collaboration are needed to tackle challenges and vulnerabilities and ensure access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food through more sustainable and resilient production.

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