FAO gets $3million contribution to fight climate change impacts in vulnerable countries

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By:Kazeem Biriowo

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says it received a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world’s most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

It said the countries’ contribution was finalized through the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) of the NDC Partnership  , a global coalition of countries and institutions committed to supporting climate action and sustainable development.

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According to FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, the contribution would help the organization 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 and soil degradation, but also promotes resilient and sustainable growth,” said Semedo.

FAO explained that climate change has been recognized by the United Nations as a threat to global food security and to the concerted efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

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It said the contribution from Germany and Sweden will be shared between 18 countries under the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) of the NDC Partnership which groups several donors.

Also, it said the resources, provided by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and the Government of Sweden, will be used for diverse programmes including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support for capacity development.

It further stated that vulnerable countries, such as landlocked and least developed countries and small island developing states from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Europe and Latin America will benefit from country contributions.

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