FAO’s latest titles on climate change


Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

On the occasion of COP24, have a look at a selection of publications that look into FAO’s work to support countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through a wide range of research based and practical programmes and projects, as an integral part of the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

FAO’s work on climate change
This publication brings together FAO’s most up-to-date knowledge on climate change, including the tools and methodologies (e.g. achieving food security, promoting sustainable agriculture, and taking coordinated climate action) used to support countries’ climate commitments and action plans.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition
This report analyses the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year focuses on how climate extremes and variability are threating to erode and reverse gains made in ending hunger and malnutrition

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018: Agricultural trade, climate change and food security
This report focuses on the intersection between agricultural trade, climate change and food security, providing an important contribution on how to strengthen the mutually supportive role of trade rules and climate interventions.

The State of the World's Forests 2018: Forest pathways to sustainable development
Launched on 6 July, this year’s edition provides new information on the interlinkages between forests and trees and the Sustainable Development Goals, shedding light on their significance for water quality, climate, biodiversity, future energy needs and designing sustainable cities.

Climate-Smart Agriculture training manual
This manual provides agricultural extension agents with a range of information and strategies to achieve climate-smart outcomes, including sustainable agricultural practices (e.g. zero-tillage, drip irrigation), and how to communicate about climate change.

From reference levels to results reporting: REDD+ under the UNFCCC - 2018 update
According to this paper, countries have improved transparency in their measurement, reporting and verification of REDD+ activities, including in uncertainty assessment, with some 83 percent of them providing uncertainty estimates around their emission factors.

Impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture: Synthesis of current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options
This report indicates that climate change will significantly affect the availability and trade of fish products, especially for those countries most dependent on the sector, and calls for effective adaptation and mitigation actions encompassing food production.

Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities
Relying on life cycle assessment, statistical analysis and scenario-building, this report provides a comprehensive global assessment of the livestock sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and its climate change mitigation potential.

Soil organic carbon: The hidden potential
This publication highlights how better information and food practices may be implemented to support ending hunger, adapting to and mitigating climate change and achieving overall sustainable development.

Tackling Climate Change through the Empowerment of Rural Women
This booklet introduces the key gender-related challenges, existing data and evidence and international commitments, and highlights extensive related FAO work aimed at achieving sustainable and inclusive agricultural development for food security and nutrition under a changing climate.

Tracking adaptation in agricultural sectors
This paper outlines a framework and proposes comprehensive indicators for Tracking Adaptation in Agricultural Sectors (TAAS) at national level, taking into account linkages between different agricultural sectors and local systems.

The Koronivia joint work on agriculture and the convention bodies: An overview
This overview provides a better understanding of the roles, responsibilities and past activities of subsidiary and constituted bodies, in order to orient future work, showing that agriculture is inherent in the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Further reading

Climate change for forest policy-makers

Regional analysis of the Nationally Determined Contributions of countries in Southern-Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Crop diversification increases productivity and stabilizes income of smallholders

The agricultural sectors in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS)

Institutional capacity assessment approach for national adaptation planning in the agriculture sectors

The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security 2017

Also forthcoming

Measurement, reporting and verification guidelines for mitigating action in the agriculture sectors

Adaptation Overviews

Highlights report NAP-Ag November 2017

NAP-AG Case Studies

Addressing Fisheries and Aquaculture in National Adaptation Plans – Supplement

A review of existing approaches and methods to assess climate change vulnerability of forests and forest-dependent people

CSA Updated Case Studies