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7 December 2015  

Effects of climate change on food security key focus at COP21

The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) is currently underway in Paris (France). The Conference will run until 11 December 2015, with a key focus of discussion being how climate change will affect our food security.

The Conference encompasses many events relating to food security including: Agriculture Action Day, an event which will showcase existing solutions for transitioning to climate-resilient, low-greenhouse-gas agriculture; Resilience Action Day which will focus on damages and losses occurring to agriculture due to climate change, the need to build resilience to climate shocks for poor and vulnerable small-scale farmers on the front lines of climate disasters; and Food security in a new climate regime, a high-level panel discussion on diverse approaches which can be taken to tackling food insecurity.

A number of key organisations will organise and attend these events including the World Food Programme (WFP), which will support countries in their efforts to address the impacts of climate change on food security during negotiations, while highlighting the importance of helping to build the climate resilience of the most food insecure and vulnerable people, and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), who will be working ensure that a new climate deal does not close the door on agriculture.

A full calendar of food security related events at COP21 can be found here