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Jan 16, 2012

"Climate-Smart" FAO & EU Agriculture Programs - Malawi, Vietnam, Zambia

On 16 January 2012, the FAO issued a press release about its collaborative agricultural aid programs with the European Commission in Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia.  These programs have been funded with €5.3 million - €3.3 million from the EU,  €2 million from the FAO.

This new program is focused on a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture. This is defined as: "an approach that seeks to position the agricultural sector as a solution to: fight against hunger and poverty; combat climate change; reduce emissions; and increasing agriculture's potential to capture and sequester atmospheric carbon."

The new program is a three year program.  It will work directly with the host governments, as well as collaborate with local and international organizations such as the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Focus will include: 1) identifying innovative mechanisms for linking climate finance with climate-smart agriculture investments; and 2) building capacity for planning and implementing climate-smart projects capable of attracting international investments.

For more see: "FAO-EC project to promote climate-smart farming," FAO Press Release, 16 Jan. 2012.

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