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FAO Launches New Programme for Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture

9dic_09_018 December 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a US$60 million programme to support climate change mitigation in agriculture, which aims to support sustainable low-emissions agriculture in developing countries over the next five years.

Highlighting that many agriculture mitigation practices already exist, but that barriers to adoption of these practices need to be addressed, FAO explained that the programme aims to unlock the mitigation potential of agriculture. FAO added that many of these mitigation practices also contribute to increasing food security. The programme will fill a current data gap by creating a global database on land and agriculture greenhouse gas emissions from the most important agricultural commodities, countries and regions.

Finland has been the first country to contribute to the programme with US$3.9 million for 2010-2011. [FAO Press Release]