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November 10, 2017 Bonn read full FAO news release here

Photo: ©Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos for FAO

A FAO-supported project in Bhagawoti Kauledhara, Nepal.

10 November 2017, Rome – To help steer our food systems in a sustainable direction, FAO has produced a new sourcebook for how to implement “climate-smart” approaches to agriculture, launched today at the Agriculture Action Day on the sidelines of the COP23 climate summit in Bonn.

“Hunger, poverty, and climate can be tackled together through approaches such as Climate-Smart Agriculture that recognize the critical linkages between sustainable agriculture and strategies that promote resource-use efficiency, conserve and restore biodiversity and natural resources, and combat the impacts of climate change,” said René Castro, Assistant Director-General of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department of FAO.

Ultimately, the world needs to produce 50 percent more food to feed nearly 10 billion people in 2050, and to find a way to do so with only a quarter of current per capita carbon emissions, Castro noted.

The online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook – Second Edition 2017 is the result of one of FAO’s major areas of work that comes on the heels of the recently launched FAO’s  Climate Change Strategy.

It comprises a wide range of knowledge and expertise to help guide policy makers, programme managers, academics, extension services and other practitioners make the agricultural sectors more sustainable and productive while also contributing to food security and lower carbon intensity….

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