FAO’s Committee on Agriculture Addressing Role of Agricultural Production in Adaptation and Mitigation

© FAO22 April 2009: The 21st meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Agriculture, taking place from 22-25 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, is addressing, among other issues, the role of agricultural production in adapting to climate change and mitigation. The Committee will consider challenges arising from the need for adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, as well as from increased demand for biofuels.

The related working document outlines agriculture's contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and potential impacts of climate change on food security, as well as options, technologies and approaches for mitigation and adaptation. A related information document addresses challenges and opportunities in ensuring seed security in the light of climate change and soaring food prices. It describes the impacts of climate change and food prices on seeds and recommends elements of a strategic approach towards strengthening seed systems, including: better linkages of the formal and informal seed sector; development of local seed enterprises; revitalizing the public seed sector; regional harmonization of seed rules and regulations; and better management of plant genetic resources. [Meeting agenda] [Environmental Challenges document] [Seed Security document]