11 June 2018, Rome- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is supporting ten projects in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to lay the groundwork for climate-resilient adaptation initiatives, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme.
The Readiness Programme aims to build capacity in developing countries to access GCF funding to implement country-led national climate adaptation and mitigation plans. The overall aim is for countries to be equipped to fulfil their commitments under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global temperature rise by 2 degrees, and to support them in adapting their agriculture and food security systems to the effects of climate change.
The tenth FAO Readiness project to be approved is in Guyana, and brings to $7 million the contributions to FAO from the UN's climate fund under the Readiness Programme since December 2017.
"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience," said René Castro, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department.
"The 10th Readiness project to be approved is an important milestone for our work with the Green Climate Fund," he added.
Building climate-resilient futures
The projects - in Burkina Faso, Congo, Equatorial Guinea (two projects), Guyana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis - will cover restoring degraded lands and forests, coping with water scarcity, developing a sustainable and low-emission livestock sector, applying Climate-Smart Agriculture methods, and disaster risk reduction for climate-resilient rural livelihoods.