Mission Innovation, announced by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Paris climate change conference, put innovation firmly in the spotlight. Finding innovative ways to tackle climate change, however, is not news for the three Rome-based United Nations agencies.
More than 2.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. And this makes them extremely reliant on environmental conditions, and therefore vulnerable to climate change. Stepping up efforts in the food security, nutrition and agricultural sector has thus become imperative.
Figures from the World Food Program reflect the extent of the problem. In the past 10 years, WFP has worked in more than 20 countries with five emergency or recovery operations addressing climate disasters, according to Richard Choularton, chief of WFP’s Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs Unit.
Devex sat down with three climate experts from the Rome-based agencies and learned three key ways they are using climate finance innovatively. Read More