Crop Biotech Update

FAO Gets Support for Climate Change Program

February 25, 2011

Norway and Germany have committed US$5 million to support the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) program of the Food and Agriculture Organization. Improved data from this program will profile greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and identify best opportunities for mitigating global warming through improved farming practices.

"Data variations in existing assessments, as well as information gaps, pose a real challenge in terms of making the most of the agriculture sector's significant potential to sequester atmospheric carbon," said Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom, coordinator of the FAO MICCA Program. 

FAO says that governments, development planners, farmers and agribusinesses will benefit from data that can help them design and implement policies, programs and practices to reduce agriculture's GHG emissions.

Read the FAO media release at
http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/51042/icode/.