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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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Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise
"11 Apr 2014"
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional .... Details
Lebanon... Drought damaging, but part of natural cycle Lebanon... Drought damaging, but part of natural cycle
"17 Mar 2014"
The recent drought brought on by a lack of rain and snow has taken a significant toll on the flora and fauna in Lebanon, but it is unlikely to last and is only part of a natural cy .... Details

Recent Events

 
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
COP 18: Doha 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference
COP 18: Doha 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference
"26 Nov 2012"
Since the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) ... 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 ....