FAO Releases Briefs on Climate-Smart Agriculture

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two briefs that address the role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In “Increasing Agriculture's Climate Smartness,” the FAO describes the goals of climate-smart agriculture to increase productivity and incomes, increase the resilience of ecosystems contribute to mitigation and enhance food, nutrition and energy security. The brief notes that traditional barriers remain that impinge on agricultural development, but that there is an opportunity to integrate adaptation and mitigation approaches. It stresses the importance of functioning institutional arrangements and multi-sectoral coordination and a link to national processes.

In “The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme,” the FAO describes monitoring and assessment of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigation potentials in agriculture. It describes the FAO's approach to developing a database of data and analysis that will facilitate financing through the Green Climate Fund via the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). The database will be linked to an online portal that will include information on life cycle analysis of agricultural production systems to allow countries to determine where they can reduce emissions most effectively. It will also identify areas where climate change mitigation initiatives can be used to boost food production and make agricultural ecosystems more resilient. The portal plans to go online in 2013. MICCA includes collaboration with UN-REDD Programme. [Publication: The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Programme (MICCA): Monitoring and Assessment of GHG Emissions and Mitigation Potentials in Agriculture] [Publication: Increasing Agriculture's Climate Smartness]