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Agriculture in the Near East is likely to suffer losses because of high temperature, droughts, floods and soil degradation threatening the food security of many countries, FAO said today.

Hunger and malnutrition caused by climate change will most probably affect those who are already poor, malnourished or dependent on local food production, according to a report that was discussed at the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (1-5 March 2008), held in Cairo.

The Middle East and North Africa are particularly exposed to water shortages. An additional 155 to 600 million people may suffer an increase in water stress in North Africa with a 3° Celsius temperature rise.

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Kuwait calls for more efforts against desertification Kuwait calls for more efforts against desertification
"18 Jun 2014"
Kuwait's delegate to the Food and Agriculture Organizaiton (FAO) Yusuf Jehail Tuesday underlined importance of the human factor and environmental awarness in the fight against dese .... Details
World Day to Combat Desertification World Day to Combat Desertification
"17 Jun 2014"
Sustainable land management increases both community and ecosystem resilience while improving the human condition, particularly in the dry lands, a FAO event celebrated on the occa .... Details

Recent Events

 
Summits on Climate Change
Summits on Climate Change
"23 Sep 2014"
The Secretary-General will host a Climate Summit in September 2014 as an integral part of his strategy to engage leaders and ad ... Details
Second Technical Meeting and Workshop on Drought Risk Management / Sand and Dust Storms and National Action Plan for Iraq
Second Technical Meeting and Workshop on Drought Risk Management / Sand and Dust Storms and National Action Plan for Iraq
"02 Dec 2013"
The Second Technical Meeting and Workshop on Drought Risk Management / Sand and Dust Storms and National Action Plan for Iraq w ... Details

Press releases

 
Fifth Session of the International Treaty opens in Muscat. Norway announces contribution of USD 6.7 ....
24 Sep 2013
The Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for F ....
Muscat Ministerial Declaration on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Ag ....
21 Sep 2013
Ministers and high-level delegates from the Near East and North Africa Region met in Muscat today an ....
Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Meets in Muscat Oman ....
19 Sep 2013
A growing world population, progressively scarce natural resources and changing environmental condit ....