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WMO and FAO strengthen cooperation on climate change, drought
July 8, 2017
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation to respond to climate variability and climate change, which, according to the agreement, "represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security."
Through their strengthened partnership, the two organizations will work on strengthening agro-meteorological services and making them more accessible to farmers and fishers; improve global and region-specific monitoring for early warning and response to high-impact events like droughts.
In addition, they will collaborate on technical cooperation, joint programmes and project development. An example of this is the Adaptation Fund Project that was approved in early 2017 on Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI). This project focuses on enhancing weather and climate communications to farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda which also involves the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in East Africa.