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Building climate resilient food systems

Joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme supports global vision for food security, safeguarding livelihoods and climate action. Food habits are changing, our population is growing, and – owing to human-induced climate change – many of the development gains of the past decades will be hindered. Without adaptation to climate change in agriculture sectors, it will not be possible to achieve food security for all and eradicate hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Cost-benefit analysis for climate change adaptation in agriculture in Zambia

Seventy-eight kilometres north of Lusaka, in the peaceful countryside of Chisamba, 20 officers and field technical staff from several Ministries (Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Resources, Planning, Development, Finance) and national research institutes gathered together in a five-day training workshop on Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture from the 14 to 18 August 2017. The workshop - jointly organized by FAO and UNDP Zambia Country Offices and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) - is one of the key activities aimed at supporting developing countries through the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plan Programme (NAP-Ag), an initiative funded by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Adapting to climate impacts in Thailand’s agricultural sector – What to do first?

Which climate risks and impacts threaten crop productivity the most? What capacities are most pivotal to strengthen among farmers and other sector stakeholders, to cope with likely changes? What measures and projects should be promoted on a priority basis to respond to future needs? Which criteria are most relevant to consider when prioritizing these adaptive responses? These questions are front and centre of adaptation planning in Thailand’s agricultural sector, a sector already seeing the impacts of climate change in the form of shifting temperatures and more unpredictable rainfall.

Embracing uncertainty while planning for resilience

UNDP, UN Environment and UNITAR highlight the pivotal role of National Adaptation Plans in turning the Paris Agreement into action. Uncertainty plagues our world. On its own, it can destabilize nations, undermine decisions and create poverty traps that derail global efforts to achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreements, 2030 Agenda and national development plans. Climate change raises the stakes, making it harder for decision makers to plan for the future due to rising sea levels, higher temperatures, increased rainfall variability, failed crops, droughts, climate-induced migration, and the spread of disease.

Nepal - Integrating gender in climate risk assessment and adaptation planning

A three-day workshop on integrating gender in climate risk assessment and adaptation planning at the local level was held in Kathmandu, Nepal this October as part of the activities of the UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag). The NAP-Ag Programme is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The event was organized by FAO-Nepal, in collaboration with UNDP and FAO NAP-Ag global team members.

COP23 - Plan, access and deliver

UNDP will host a number of side events on climate change adaptation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23). Events will focus on everything from National Adaptation Plans to climate-resilient, small-scale infrastructure in Least Developed Countries. Register for events and connect with full coverage today.

Enhancing the integration of gender into Zambia’s climate change responses

23 October 2017, Zambia – As part of the ongoing work to address gender issues in the formulation and implementation of national adaptation plans for the agriculture sector in Zambia, FAO Zambia, in collaboration with UNDP Zambia, organized a four-day workshop in Siavonga, Zambia from 18 to 21 September 2017.

NAP-Ag Webinar: Tracking domestic climate finance flows in developing countries: lessons and challenges

In this webinar, experts from the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Finance Group (GFLAC), UNDP and the National Planning Department of Colombia, will share insights and lessons learned from a study conducted by the joint UNDP-FAO NAP-Ag Programme (NAP-Ag) in partnership with GLAC on tracking domestic climate finance.

Intégration de l’adaptation dans la planification de développement

Quel est le processus de formulation et de mise en œuvre du Plan national d'adaptation (PAN)? Comment peut-il être utilisé pour réduire la vulnérabilité du Maroc et intégrer l'adaptation au changement climatique dans les processus de planification du développement en cours? Comment les décideurs peuvent-ils inclure la perspective de genre pour construire des initiatives plus inclusives et plus efficaces? Quelle est la feuille de route actuelle du Maroc pour mener à bien son processus de PNA et comment peut-elle être améliorée pour une mise en œuvre efficace?

A Recipe to End Hunger: Food Policies that Adapt to Climate Change

By Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors
In our age of conspicuous consumption and excess, it frightens us to know that one out of nine people ­– or 815 million children, women and men – remain chronically undernourished. And according to recent reports, the issue has been getting worse, with the number of undernourished people worldwide increasing from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. So how do we build a recipe to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people have access to sufficient and nutritious food year-round?

NAP-Ag Webinar - Integrating Climate Change Risks into Planning and Budgeting

Presentations & recordings now available. The NAP-Ag Webinar on Integrating Climate Change Risks into Planning and Budgeting provided an overview of how climate change adaptation can be integrated into national planning and budgeting, with particular reference to the agriculture sectors (crops and livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquacultures). Presenters shared country experiences in climate change planning and budgeting and introduced tools and approaches available for climate change budgeting and tracking.

El PNUD y la FAO se unen para lanzar un nuevo curso en línea sobre cambio climático y agricultura

La inscripción abre hoy para el Curso online masivo abierto (MOOC) de las Naciones Unidas sobre “Planes Nacionales de Adaptación: Fortalecimiento de la Resiliencia Climática en la Agricultura.” El curso estará disponible en la plataforma de UN CC:e-Learn. El curso está programado para lanzarse en paralelo a las próximas conversaciones climáticas en Bonn, Alemania, más formalmente conocida como la 23ª Conferencia de las Partes (COP23).

Le PNUD et la FAO se joignent pour lancer un nouveau cours en ligne sur le changement climatique et l'agriculture

L'inscription pour le MOOC de six semaines sur les «Plans nationaux d'adaptation: Construire la résilience climatique dans l'agriculture» s'ouvre aujourd'hui. Le cours débutera le 13 novembre 2017 et sera accessible sur la plate-forme UN CC: e-Learn. Le cours est programmé pour être lancé parallèlement aux prochaines discussions sur le climat à Bonn, en Allemagne, plus officiellement connues sous le nom de 23e Conférence des Parties (COP23).

UNDP and FAO join to launch a new online course on climate change and agriculture

Register today for the six-week “National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture” MOOC presented by UNDP and FAO in partnership with UNITAR. This intensive course aims to equip participants with a better understanding of the interlinkages between climate change, agriculture, food security and the role of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The course is an important learning opportunity for climate change practitioners, academics, students and government representatives interested in increasing their knowledge on what it means to incorporate climate change risks into planning and budgeting processes.

Valuing climate change impacts in Viet Nam

29 August 2017 - What systematic financial risks and fiscal impact does climate change pose? What are some of the emerging frameworks for valuing climate-related damage in key sectors such as agriculture and water resource management? What are good practice examples of partnerships to mitigate systematic climate risk and related losses?

Se lanza el Programa de Integración de la Agricultura en los Planes de Adaptación Nacional NAP-Ag

Con presencia de organizaciones públicas y privadas se presentó el Programa de Integración de la Agricultura en los Planes de Adaptación Nacional NAP-Ag en el auditorio del IICA en la Universidad Nacional. Este programa es una iniciativa global, financiada con fondos Gobierno Alemán a través de la Iniciativa Climática Internacional del Ministerio Federal de Medio Ambiente, Conservación de la Naturaleza, Construcción y Seguridad Nuclear, en la que FAO y PNUD suman esfuerzos para apoyar el proceso de planificación de la adaptación al cambio climático del sector agropecuario en el ámbito nacional.

Lebanon advances its National Adaptation Plan process

Plan to include clear economic benefits with a focus on water, agriculture, gender equality and capacity building
Lebanon kicked off its National Adaptation Plan process in a stakeholder consultation meeting held this July 4 and 5 in Beirut. The meeting was tailored to provide a platform to discuss priority areas for climate change adaptation in Lebanon, and identify next steps in the formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

Uganda and Zambia acquire tools to identify adaptation options and mainstream gender into climate change adaptation policies

Uganda and Zambia are carrying out activities to better assess adaptation options through cost-benefit analysis and impact evaluation exercises, as part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme, led by FAO and UNDP. Both Uganda and Zambia are also paving the way for gender mainstreaming in national adaptation planning policies.

Workshop supports national plan to tackle climate change in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has taken its first step towards developing a National Adaptation Plan to outline the country’s strategy for adapting to the threats of climate change.

NAP-Ag Webinar Session Recordings: The Role of Climate Information Services in Adaptation Planning for Agriculture

Presentations and session recordings from the NAP-Ag webinar on The Role of Climate Information Services in Adaptation Planning for Agriculture are now live.

Adaptation dialogues - Family farmers address adaptation in Uruguay

Montevideo, 15 May, 2017 - A wide stakeholder consultation is fundamental during the process of integrating agriculture into Uruguay's National Adaptation Plan.

Through a series of adaptation dialogues, the UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag) team in Uruguay is laying the foundation for its agricultural sector adaptation plan. During the month of May two workshops were held – one for the forestry sector and one for a cross cutting-dialogue that included family farmers from all the production systems.

Urban resilience

Connecting cities, vertical integration and sustainable finance in National Adaptation Plans. Cities are a lynch pin in National Adaptation Plans, sustainable development, vertical integration and contributions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In the recent session on “Urban Resilience: Critical Ingredient of National Adaptation Planning Process” at the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - Resilient City Series, representatives from the Joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), connected with municipal leaders, city planners, academics, research institutions and a broad range of essential stakeholders to explore the connection between cities, climate change adaptation planning, nationally determined contributions, vertical integration and more.

UNDP ramps up support for National Adaptation Plans

Over 40 nations worldwide leveraging UNDP support for climate resilience plans
Efforts are underway worldwide to create improved planning for climate change. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), along with its partners, is playing a key role in advancing the process to formulate and implement effective National Adaptation Plans and build comprehensive roadmaps toward a climate-resilient, zero-carbon future.  These efforts will fortify nations against uncertain climate outcomes, rising temperatures, rising seas, desertification, climate migration and other climate change-related impacts that can derail national efforts to support long-term equality, security, economic growth, food security, disaster risk reduction, carbon mitigation and prosperity.

The power of climate information in agriculture

Agriculture sector decision makers identify best practices for boosting resilience through peer-to-peer exchange in Philippines. Peer-to-peer exchanges are being organized to foster learning and partnership, share best practices and new technologies, and effectively link cross-cutting sectors to the National Adaptation Plans process. In a recent March meeting in the Philippines, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Climate Resilience Network, in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines, and the UNDP-FAO NAP-Ag Programme, brought together key stakeholders to establish an ongoing regional academy focused on climate services for agriculture, and share best practices on the capture, packaging and dissemination of relevant climate and weather information.

NAP-Ag Webinar - Addressing agriculture, forestry and fisheries in National Adaptation Plans

Session Recordings and PowerPoints Now Available. The NAP-Ag Webinar on 'Addressing agriculture, forestry and fisheries in National Adaptation Plans' provided insight on climate change adaptation in the livestock and forestry sector, also highlighting key elements in addressing the agriculture sectors in National Adaptation Plans, and looking forward to how these plans will contribute to NDCs, SDGs and links to other global accords such as the Sendai Framework.

NAP-Ag Webinar

Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans
The webinar aims to provide participants with insight on climate change adaptation in the agriculture sectors (crops and livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquacultures) and provide guidance on how to address agriculture in the formulation and implementation of NAPs.

From silos to synergies

Forging partnerships to catalyse synergies between adaptation, mitigation and SDG plans
Building resiliency to the effects of climate change and transforming economies toward low-carbon development requires integrated, cross-cutting solutions. In this way, a new paradigm is emerging toward addressing multiple risks and delivering co-benefits across climate and non-climate drivers. This will entail connecting climate action to long-term sustainable development planning, financing and budgeting.

New guidelines help member states achieve their climate pledges

FAO has developed supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC NAP Guidelines for "Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag Guidelines)" aiming to support developing countries in making sure agriculture is both included in national adaptation plans and made more adaptive and resilient. They serve to help vulnerable countries access funding - in particular from the Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme - while at the same time promoting broad participation in the decision-making process and building needed technical capacities.

Spearheading adaptation dialogue in Uruguay: The dairy system

 The Uruguay Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-AG) Team organized the first in a series of Adaptation Dialogues. These dialogues will be a key component in formulating the country's National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

Connecting Uganda policymakers for gender-responsive climate change adaptation

9-24 February 2017, Uganda - Over three weeks, Parliamentarians, district local government officials and central government leaders in Uganda participated in trainings on mainstreaming gender in climate change adaptation activities in the agriculture sectors.

Building a better understanding of how climate change will impact Uruguay’s agriculture sectors

The Uruguay Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Team organized and hosted the first in series of three training workshops on how to use the Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (MOSAICC). During the initial stages of the NAP-Ag Programme, it was determined that there was a need to build a better understanding of how to measure and assess the estimated impact of climate change on agricultural production.

NAP-AG Webinar - Effective individual and institutional capacity development approaches to address the agriculture sectors in NAPs

Presentations Now Available! Connect with the recordings and powerpoints from this webinar presented by UNDP and FAO, together with UNITAR, which explores methods, tools and best practices to demonstrate effective institutional and individual capacity development approaches during the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Planning.

Building Institutional Capacity in Thailand to Design and Implement Climate Programs

A centerpiece of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag) in Thailand is its support to develop a new five-year Strategy on Climate Change in Agriculture (2017-2021). This is spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) and its Office of Agriculture Economics (OAE). The strategy was unveiled after a series of meetings by a Technical Working Group at a three-day workshop held on 23-25 November 2016 in Bangkok, organized by UNDP.

Building capacity to advance National Adaptation Plan In Viet Nam

This two-day workshop supported the Government of Viet Nam in building the necessary capacity to advance its National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. The workshop closely focused on building National Adaptation Plans in the agricultural sector through multi-stakeholder collaboration, and increased knowledge and capacity on a number of topics including: prioritization of adaptation options, cost-benefit analysis, overview of the broad-based nature of climate change adaption impacts, analysis of challenges, and creation of an open discussion with key stakeholders on defining a road-map for the NAP process.

Webinar: Mainstreaming Gender in Adaptation Planning for the Agriculture Sectors

UNDP aims to engage a wider audience on important issues the concern the world. The webinar, which is presented here, looks at ways in which gender can be mainstreamed in climate change adaptation planning for the agriculture sectors.

Webinar Series: Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans

The NAP-Ag Programme is pleased to announce a series of webinars that will address technical topics related to the integration of the agriculture sectors in national adaptation planning. This series will be organized jointly between FAO and UNDP, along with other partner institutions, such as the Least Developed Expert Group (LEG) and the UNDP/UNEP NAP-Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP). To receive more information on knowledge exchange activities, as well as updates on the NAP-Ag Programme, sign up now!

Zambia introduces programme to integrate agriculture into national adaptation planning

26-28 July 2016, Siavonga, Zambia – Over thirty representatives from different Zambian institutions as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gathered from 26 to 28 July to launch the “Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plan (NAP-A

UNDP Organizes Activity to Present Impact Assessment Strategy in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay, 24-28 October, 2016 - The National Adaptation Plan for Agriculture Project organized an outreach activity to present the impact assessment strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production and Fisheries (MGAP) of Uruguay.

From Plans to Actions: Fostering Climate Action in the Agricultural Sectors Through National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

8 NOV 2016, Marrakech, Morocco - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a side event during the Marrakech Climate Talks, COP22, to highlight the importance of integrating agricultural concerns into the overall National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. Country representatives from the Gambia, the Philippines, Thailand and Uruguay, as well as partner agencies, participated in the event.

Strengthening Government's Capacity to Integrate Gender in Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Agriculture

As a follow up to a capacity needs assessment on gender knowledge in key government institutions, the  FAO Kenya and the UNDP Kenya organized a three days training in Nakuru to improve the capacity to integrate gender issues in climate change adaptation planning for the agriculture sector. The training has been organized under the auspices of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans project which is part of a global support programme being implemented in eight countries (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Uruguay, Philippines, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam).

Nepal launches NAP-Agriculture programme to minimize climate change impacts on agriculture

The Government of Nepal, UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday launched a new project to integrate climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector. The project complements related ongoing efforts by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning Commission, and feeds into the unified National Adaptation Plan.

FAO, UNDP and Uganda Government launch project to integrate agriculture in National Adaptation Plan

Kampala, 2nd August, 2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnered with the Ugandan Government to  integrate  the agriculture sector – including crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture - in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process.

Inception Workshop for Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans held in Kenya

While most African countries have the smallest contribution to the emission of greenhouse gases, they are the most threatened due to impact of climate change especially on agriculture. The Government of Kenya has embarked on a new programme, through the support of UNDP and FAO, to address the challenges that face its agricultural sector.

Blog: NAPs workshop in Thailand highlights path to climate resilient strategies

Thailand is the home to 65 million people, the majority of whom live in rural, agricultural areas. Here, the consequences of climate change will have enormous economic, cultural and environmental impacts: it threatens rice production that is central to the economy, and a few centimeters of sea level rise will submerge the capital city and devastate coastal tourism.

Eight countries discuss how to integrate agriculture in their National Adaptation Plans

Representatives of Ministries of Agriculture and Ministries of the Environment from Nepal, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Zambia are for the first time actively engaged in discussing how to ensure the integration of the agriculture sectors and sub-sectors in national adaptation planning processes.