Climate change and extreme weather events, from heat waves to drought and flooding, are more frequent than ever before. How are the agriculture sectors and farmers expected to adapt?
 
The Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) programme, jointly coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is working with eleven countries to identify and integrate climate adaptation measures into national planning and budgeting processes, in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. As the NAP-Ag programme phases out, a new programme called Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and NAPs (SCALA) was launched in December 2019 to build on its achievements and continue to support countries through a wide range of activities.
 
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Joining hands with businesses to scale up climate resilience agriculture

Why implementing a systems-wide approach and boosting private sector engagement in agriculture and land-use is part of the climate solution.
 
While responsible for two thirds of global agricultural GDP (Gross Domestic Product), Asian agriculture is one of the most vulnerable economic sectors in the world to climate change. With its diverse landscape and livelihoods, sheepherders in Mongoliarice farmers in Thailand and agri-businesses across the key value chains unarguably feel climate impact in the region. Although climate governance in agriculture is picking up through robust plans and policies, implementation is lagging. joint multi-sectoral approach that engages the private sector can help expedite climate action and scale up ambition in agriculture and land use. 

 

When you think farmer – think female!

FAO and UNDP are empowering women for a sustainable future
 
In many parts of the world, women carry out a majority of the agricultural and household work. Yet, they do not have the same access to resources or power in decision-making as men.  To bridge the gender gap, FAO and UNDP work with countries to empower women and achieve gender equality in the agriculture sector for a more sustainable future that will benefit all.

Mainstreaming fisheries and aquaculture in climate change adaptation - New guidelines for adaptation

The fisheries and aquaculture sector has one of the lowest carbon footprints among all food production systems, while supporting livelihoods of millions of people. However, climate change has a profound impact on the wellbeing of aquatic ecosystems, with implications for food security and the livelihoods communities dependent on fishery and aquaculture.

The way forward for agriculture sector development and adaptation planning in Viet Nam in light of COVID-19 impacts

Ha Noi, 11 December 2020 – Despite Viet Nam’s success in both agriculture sector adaptation planning and stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the economic impacts of the pandemic are negatively affecting farmers and, thus, decrease their climate change resilience.  According to a recent survey, 65 percent of 1,335 sampled people (71 percent of agriculture-dependent people), experience a decrease in income due to the epidemic (MDRI & UNDP, 2020). Other research has, further, shown that supply chains are disrupted and changing demand patterns led, in some cases, to the abondance of fields/yields as the profits would not outweigh the costs involved for the harvest. This shows that Viet Nam needs to strengthen the resilience of farmers and international support to cope with the losses of COVID-19 and climate change.

Africa: Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans: What have we achieved and learned during program implementation?

November 2020 - With the FAO-UNDP joint programme on Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) phasing out in 2020, the momentum and work achieved under the 5-year programme have not. NAP-Ag supported 11 partner countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The four African countries, Kenya, Uganda, the Gambia and Zambia recently shared their programme highlights and lesson learned during the NAP-Ag and how the work achieved over the past five years has built foundations and better positioned these countries in their overall climate change adaptation work. 

Forests and agroforestry taking its place for climate adaptation - New FAO-FTA supplementary guidelines on NAPs

26  November 2020 - The potential of forests and trees to mitigate global warming has long been the main focus of climate change discussions. But forests – and the livelihoods of the 1.6 billion people who depend on them – are also greatly threatened by increasing variability in temperature and precipitation, storms, pest outbreaks and more frequent and intense fires. In fact, the ability of forests and trees to adapt to these impacts will influence their ability to mitigate climate change.

Increasing the importance of agriculture in Guatemala’s NDC update

Guatemala, 18 June 2020 - While Guatemala is currently revising its climate commitments through a more enhanced NDC submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by November 2020, the country is giving the agriculture sectors more prominence this time around. Implementing and improving the monitoring system of the sector and identifying key adaptation measures is essential for developing a more ambitious NDC.

Acentuando la importancia de la agricultura en la actualización de la NDC de Guatemala

Guatemala, 18 de junio de 2020 - Si bien Guatemala está revisando actualmente sus compromisos climáticos a través de la actualización de su NDC, a ser presentada a la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) en noviembre de 2020, el país está dando mayor énfasis a los sectores agrícolas en esta ocasión. Implementar y mejorar el sistema de monitoreo del sector e identificar medidas clave de adaptación son esenciales para desarrollar una NDC más ambiciosa.

Webinar recordings: Strengthening monitoring and evaluation for adaptation in the agriculture sectors

This webinar provided an overview of key steps for the development of a national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for tracking adaptation in the agriculture sectors. During the webinar, the FAO and UNDP Guidance Note was presented and partner countries shared their experiences in developing and operationalising M&E systems for adaptation.

Event: Webinar on monitoring and evaluation 23 April 2020

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, the FAO-UNDP “Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans” (NAP-Ag) Programmeis is organizing a webinar from 16:00 - 17:30 (CET) on Strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for adaptation planning for the agriculture sectors, based on the recently published M&E guidance note.

Resources

This case study chronicles Viet Nam’s experiences in conducting vulnerability and risk assessments (VRAs) of selected agriculture sectors at the national level and a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to support sectoral adaptation planning, budgeting, and policy formulation. Lessons learned from these endeavors can provide insights for other countries who are seeking, like Viet Nam, to develop an evidence-based and climate risk-informed National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and/or adaptation plans for the agriculture sector.

 

The evaluation found that NAP-Ag’s country-driven, multi-sector and multi-level approach allowed for ample engagement of stakeholders, contributed to establish coordination mechanisms and promoted ownership of results. The approach was qualitative and included a questionnaire, extensive documentation review and interviews with key-stakeholders in all countries.

This paper presents a methodology for public expenditure review and analysis for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sector. It outlines the basic methodological concepts, including the classification of public expenditures in the context of their links to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It also illustrates how such analysis can usefully contribute to policy decision making to better achieve the climate change adaptation and mitigation goals using the case study of Uganda.