The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) celebrates the publication of three inspiring reports on the numerous and dangerous relations between climate change and food security, marine safeguarding and water stress.

The Nutrition Advantage, Harnessing nutrition co-benefits of climate-resilient agriculture studies how investments in climate-resilient agriculture can result in the beneficial delivery of means to secure food stability under a changing climate and stimulate efforts to eradicate malnutrition. Nutrient-rich foods can be particularly susceptible to climate change impacts, which compromises the availability of and the accessibility to these foods. In turn, the effects of malnutrition make livelihoods more vulnerable to climate change. Promoting climate-smart food systems that consider nutritional factors can support vulnerable groups in becoming more resilient and provide more stable incomes and better diet options, all while addressing climate change.

The research paper The Marine Advantage, Empowering coastal communities, safeguarding marine ecosystemsconsiders climate change and environmental degradation in coastal areas. Empowering coastal and island communities through environment-friendly, land-based agriculture is the only sustainable way to achieve the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. IFAD reaffirms its commitment to augment its contributions towards reaching climate goals and other environmental gains, and stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to protect coastal communities and marine ecosystems.

Finally, The Water Advantage, Seeking sustainable solutions for water stress highlights the relations between the degradation of our ecosystems and three core dimensions of water resource management: quantity, quality and disaster risk management. As climate change exacerbates flooding, landslides and saltwater intrusion into freshwater systems, it is met with growing populations, expanding cities and unsustainable natural resource management, resulting in people’s inability to access good quality, clean water. IFAD is committed to protecting freshwater resources, mitigate GHG emissions from better water management, and protect communities from climate-related disaster, this way improving nutrition outcomes for smallholders.

Read the full reports here: