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Promoting climate-smart farming

FAO is working to put climate-smart agriculture into practice (© FAO/Hoang Dinh Nam)
FAO is working to put climate-smart agriculture into practice
© FAO/Hoang Dinh Nam

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission have announced a new project to help Malawi, Zambia and Vietnam implement a climate-smart approach to agriculture. According to FAO, the project will make changes to each country's farming systems that will fight hunger and poverty, be more resilient to climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase agriculture's potential to capture and sequester carbon.

"We need to start putting climate-smart agriculture into practice, working closely with farmers in their communities," says FAO assistant director-general for the Economic and Social Development Department, Hafez Ghanem. "But there are no 'one-size-fits-all' solutions; climate-smart farming practices need to respond to different local conditions, to geography, weather and the natural resource base." The project will first identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and then produce strategic plans tailored to each country. Innovative mechanisms for linking climate finance with climate-smart agricultural investments will also be identified.

"While not all solutions will be universally applicable," Ghanem adds, "we can learn a lot about how different countries could take similar steps. The problems of climate change are increasingly being felt on the ground, and thus early actions to address the problem are needed, even as international negotiations continue in search for a global climate agreement."

Date published: January 2012


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