FAO Publishes Two New Reports

The first of two new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) papers is a Land and Water Discussion Paper that addresses opportunities for mitigation and adaptation in dryland pastoral systems titled “Review of evidence on drylands pastoral systems and climate change: Implications and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation”. The discussion paper highlights the importance of pastoral systems for livelihoods and the susceptibility of dryland areas to land degradation. A key conclusion reached is that better rangeland management results in increased soil carbon sequestration as well as improved livelihoods. However, the paper also underlines that socio-political and economic conditions in many dryland areas are the primary barriers to improved management and successful adaptation to climate change impacts.

The second paper is a report entitled “Organic Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration: Possibilities and constraints for the consideration of organic agriculture within carbon accounting systems,” examines the potential for organic agriculture to sequester carbon and meet carbon accounting requirements. This includes permanence, leakage and additionality. Also discussed, are the measurement and verification approaches to organic agriculture, and how these could be considered within existing carbon accounting standards. It suggests the development of guidelines for measurement and verification strategies suitable for organic agriculture and the development of pilot programmes

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19 Jan 2010




The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to ne