Topics in adaptation planning for the agriculture sectors

Consideration for the agriculture sectors in the NAP process faces four principle challenges.

  1. The agriculture sectors are extremely diverse not only in the way they will be impacted by climate change but also in how they will adapt to these changes.
  2. Climate data and projections can be hard to produce because of the complexities and specificities of the agriculture sectors.
  3. Adaptation pathways for the agriculture sectors must be devised and implemented to allow systems to thrive under present climate conditions yet be adapted to future conditions.
  4. Actors in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors who are dependent on these sectors for their livelihoods and food security may be more risk adverse, which means drastic changes in climate will be difficult to adapt to as farmers may be expected to engage in newer and riskier practices and technologies.

FAO has developed the Addressing agriculture, forestry and fisheries in National Adaptation Plans – Supplementary guidelines in an effort to help countries address these challenges. Furthermore, as adaptation of the agriculture sectors is tightly linked to many other adaptation topics, there is information on more than crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. Find out more by selecting the topics on the left!