The State of Food and Agriculture Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security


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Presentation of
The State of Food and Agriculture 2016
Climate Change, agriculture and food security

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of France, Indonesia and Morocco to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

1 November 2016, 1:15-2:30pm
Conference Room 6, UNHQ

Climate change is already affecting food security and agriculture. But how and to what extent? What can governments, farmers and food producers do in order to build resilience against the impacts of a changing global climate? Agricultural activity is a source of one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. How should agriculture change to help stop global warming?
The 2016 edition of The State of Food and Agriculture provides answers to these and other questions on climate change, food security and agriculture. The report provides an analysis of current and future impacts of climate change, indicating viable paths governments, food producers and other actors should pursue in order to respond to them. Insights are provided on how to lower barriers to the adoption of appropriate response measures.
The presentation in New York is very timely, as it will take place in the same week as the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, days before the 22nd Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Morocco, and during Member States negotiations on climate change, agriculture, food security and nutrition.
To maximize the co-benefits of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, deep transformations in agriculture and food systems are needed. Tough choices will have to be made in order to make this happen. Urgent action needs to start now. Inaction or delay could put future food security at risk worldwide and will make it increasingly difficult for poorer countries to fight poverty and hunger as climate change intensifies. And the costs of inaction will far exceed those of enabling food producers to respond effectively to climate change.
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