FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany & Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change
Assistance will support capacity development & sustainability in vulnerable countries
8 October 2020, Rome – The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany & Sweden to help farmers in the world’s most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change & to build sustainability.
The countries’ contribution was finalized through the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) of the NDC Partnership , a global coalition of countries & institutions committed to supporting climate action & sustainable development.
FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, thanked Germany & Sweden for their support saying it would help FAO directly support those countries hardest hit by climate change.
“This valuable contribution not only boosts FAO efforts to assist countries as they tackle climate impacts like severe weather events, rising sea levels & soil degradation, but also promotes resilient & sustainable growth,” said Semedo.
Climate change has been recognized by the United Nations as a threat to global food security & to the concerted efforts to eradicate poverty & achieve sustainable development.
The contribution from Germany & Sweden will be shared between 18 countries under the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) of the NDC Partnership which groups several donors. The resources, provided by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation & Development of Germany (BMZ) & the Government of Sweden, will be used for diverse programmes including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions & support for capacity development.
FAO further strengthened its collaboration with the NDC Partnership this year with a funding agreement aimed at fast-tracking contributions to agriculture, forestry & other sectors.
Assistance will be enhanced through FAO’s Hand-in-Hand Initiative , a country-led & country-owned programme designed to accelerate agricultural transformation & sustainable rural development in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Vulnerable countries, such as landlocked & least developed countries & small island developing states from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Europe & Latin America will benefit from country contributions.
FAO has been an active member of the NDC partnership since 2016 & supports countries’ efforts to achieve their climate commitments under the Paris Agreement with the goal of maintaining the global temperature rise well below 1.5 Celsius.
The NDC Partnership has more than 100 members, including developed & developing countries, & is providing technical assistance & capacity building in over 50 countries.