This mannual aims 1) to raise awareness of important roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture against climate change and 2) to contribute to the mainstreaming of genetic resources into climate change adaptation and mitigation planning at national and international levels. Based on several thematic studies, the mannual presents an overview of the complex interactions between climate change and plant, animal, forest, aquatic, invertebrate and micro-organism genetic resources. The manual concludes that if agriculture aims to adapt to climate change and achieve food security and nutrition goals in the coming decades, food production systems and ecosystems need to become more flexible, multifunctional and capable of providing multiple services.

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Organization: FAO, Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Topics: Agriculture and Food, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Mitigation

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2015

Language: English