Taking care of Mother Earth


Making sure that everyone in the world has sufficient nutritious food requires managing the planet wisely. International Mother Earth Day is an opportunity to browse a selection of publications on topics ranging from climate change or biodiversity to soils, forestry and fisheries.

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

This publication presents the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture worldwide, including plants, animals and microorganisms at genetic, species and ecosystem levels, present in and around crop, livestock, forest and aquatic production systems.

Read also the regional editions:

Save and Grow. A policymaker’s guide to the sustainable intensification of smallholder crop production

The book offers a rich toolkit of relevant, adoptable and adaptable ecosystem-based practices that can help the world’s 500 million smallholder farm families achieve higher productivity, profitability and resource-use efficiency while enhancing natural capital.

FAO’s work on climate change – Fisheries & aquaculture 2019

This publication presents FAO’s work in support to countries to help them adapt to the impact of climate change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, including a portfolio of adaptation tools and measures used to support countries’ climate commitments and action plans. 

Five practical actions towards low-carbon livestock – Lessons learned in Denmark

This technical policy brief looks at the connections between climate change and livestock farming, and describes ways to reduce carbon emissions, by using, for instance, more responsible packaging solutions.

Soil organic carbon – The hidden potential

This publication aims to provide an overview to decision-makers and practitioners of current knowledge and knowledge gaps on soil organic carbon.

Climate change vulnerability assessment of forests and forest-dependent people

A guide to managing forests properly in the context of climate change, this book supports stakeholders in assessing both direct and indirect impacts as well as options for adapting to climate change.

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