Tuesday, September 8, 2015

FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning

1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

Funded by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the initiative targets Kenya, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Zambia.

Under the programme, FAO will offer policy and technical support to ensure that climate change adaptation priorities in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors are incorporated in national adaptation planning processes. UNDP will assist countries with: managing climate risk; planning and budgeting; and strengthening information systems, project formulation and coordination between government institutions.

Building on existing FAO and UNDP country activities, the programme aims to assist countries by developing tailored responses to their needs. Examples include: increasing conservation of drought-resistant crop varieties by adopting water-conserving farming practices and promoting crop diversification in Nepal; setting up an early-warning system for climate risks in Uganda; mapping vulnerability to food insecurity due to climate change and exploring ways to scale up risk-transfer mechanisms for farming communities in the Philippines; and restoring degraded pasture lands and at-risk coastal ecosystems in Uruguay. [FAO Press Release] [Integrating Agriculture in NAPs Webpage] More