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FAO Releases New Issue of FoodClimate Newsletter

© FAO22 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the fourth issue of its FoodClimate newsletter, which contains interviews, updates and notes on upcoming events on climate change relating to agriculture, fisheries and forestry. The feature story, an interview with members of a livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh, focuses on technology transfer, actor involvement and other prerequisites for and obstacles to community adaptation.

A second story reports on the project “Gender-sensitive Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change: Drawing on Indian Farmers' Experiences," documenting how men and women farmers in eight villages perceive climate shifts as well as the adaptation strategies they adopt to ensure their food security. Other articles address: FAO activities on climate change mitigation in agriculture, including a submission to UNFCCC on enabling agriculture to contribute to climate change mitigation; a report on the first policy board meeting of the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative initiative between FAO, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); the third FAO Community-Based Adaptation Workshop, held from 18-24 February 2009, in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the outcomes of the international conference “Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change,” held from 5-6 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The newsletter also includes announcements on the publication of FAO's ninth State of the World's Forest Report addressing the theme “Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future” and two reports on adaptation in the fisheries and forestry sector. [The newsletter]