Climate Change and Food Security in the Pacific

December 1st, 2009

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has prepared a brief for the UN Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen to raise awareness of the adverse effects of climate change on food security in the Pacific islands. Pacific Island Countries and Terriroties (PICTs) make insignificant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions but the resulting climate change threatens the very existence of some of these low-lying nations of the Pacific.

The report emphasizes the need to mainstream the topic of food security within discussions and solutions in Copenhagen and to promote effective implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs). It also provides clear recommendations to strenthen food security in the Pacific.