Climate Change


New FAO report offers comprehensive assessment of options to pursue efficient, resilient, and environmentally sustainable agrifood systems


FAO Director of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment attends Climate Week NYC and the Secretary General’s Climate Ambition Summit on the margins of the UN General Assembly


FAO Director-General stressed the importance of increasing investment and cooperation to address “substantial’’ challenges


Director-General QU Dongyu presents FAO-led High Impact Initiative on Food Systems Transformation; FAO co-leads and supports other initiatives on localization, nature, and social protection

FAO's work on climate change

Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. In 2016, 31 percent of global emissions originating from human activity came from agrifood systems. This includes deforestation, livestock production, soil and nutrient management, and food loss and waste. The increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases are trapping more heat in the atmosphere, which causes global warming.

Climate change has both direct and indirect impacts on agrifood systems due to shifting and unpredictable rainfall patterns and temperatures, a higher incidence of extreme weather events and disasters such as drought, floods, outbreaks of pests and disease and ocean acidification.

FAO is supporting countries to adapt to climate change and to mitigate climate change by reducing or preventing greenhouse gas emissions, through its projects and programmes and a wide range of knowledge products.

What we do

Programmes and projects