Seminar on climate change and agriculture starts in Cairo

Three-day event organized by FAO

10 September, 17:55

    CAIRO - Improving how the agricultural sector reacts to climate change is the theme of the three-day congress that kicked off Monday in Cairo, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Egyptian news agency Mena reports.

    Opening the session, the assistant director general and regional representative of FAO for the Middle East and Near East, Abdel Salam Ould Ahmed, spoke about how the UN organization can help member States mitigate the impact of climate change through close cooperation.

    According to FAO's latest estimates, the region of the Near East and North Africa is the most vulnerable to climate change.

    Temperatures in the region are expected to continue to rise with unprecedented levels of drought, warned Ahmed. The opening session was attended by, among others, the minister for hydric resources and irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aati, and the agriculture minister's advisor, Saad Nassar.

    The three-day seminar, organized in the wake of the objectives set by the Paris Agreement signed in 2015, offers a platform to exchange knowledge enabling participants to agree on innovative measures necessary to deal with the effects of climate change in the region. Some 100 participants from 14 countries are attending the event.

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