The State of Food and Agriculture 2016

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

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The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, represents a new beginning in the global effort to stabilize the climate before it is too late. It recognizes the importance of food security in the international response to climate change, as reflected by many countries focusing prominently on the agriculture sector in their planned contributions to adaptation and mitigation. To help put those plans into action, this report identifies strategies, financing opportunities, and data and information needs. It also describes transformative policies and institutions that can overcome barriers to implementation.




The State of Food and Agriculture 2016 was prepared by a multi-disciplinary team of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) under the direction of Rob Vos, Director of FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) and Andrea Cattaneo, Senior Economist and Editor of The State of Food and Agriculture. Overall guidance was provided by Kostas Stamoulis, Assistant Director General ad interim of the Economic and Social Development Department (ESD). Guidance was also provided by Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General for Natural Resources and by the Economic and Social Development Department Management team. Significant contributions to the report were made by Rene Castro Salazar, Assistant Director General of FAO’s Forestry Department and Martin Frick, Director of the Climate and Environment Division.


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