WFP and Climate Change

WFP is helping those who are most at risk of hunger build their resilience against climate risks and change. 

How WFP helps 

  • WFP focuses on the impact of climate hazards and climate change on hunger, food security and nutrition.
  • WFP works to enhance the resilience of communities and governments who are vulnerable to food insecurity, helping them improve their capacity to manage the increasing frequency and intensity of climatic events.
  • WFP develops and delivers climate risk management and resilience
    innovations for food insecure populations.

WFP and Climate Policy 

WFP supports governments and other stakeholders to analyse and understand the links between food security, climate hazards, and climate change. The goal is to help design more effective programmes that build people's resilience and ability to adapt to climate change.

Work includes:

  • Improving climate risk analyses to better understand the impacts of climate change on food security when designing policies and programmes.
  • Sharing experiences in innovative climate risk management and adaptation programmes to support implementation in similar contexts.
  • Engaging in global discussions through the UNFCCC process on the topics of adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance, and food security and agriculture.

What does the Paris Agreement mean for WFP? 

The Paris Agreement represents a major step forward in the global effort to tackle climate change and end hunger. At the centre of the agreement is the importance of achieving food security and eradicating hunger and poverty.

The Paris Agreement will shape WFP's work in the years to come, in areas ranging from food security and nutrition, to emergency preparedness, risk management and climate adaptation programmes. While the agreement was an unprecedented success, massive investment and action is now urgently needed to help people build their resilience to climate shocks, become food secure and to thrive under a changing climate. 

What happens next?

To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, WFP, together with communities, partners and governments, will be taking forward its innovative efforts and many others to translate the ambition of Paris into action to eradicate hunger in communities around the world. 

In 2016, WFP provided four submissions to support the Parties to the UNFCCC, including: on adaptation measures to enhance food security; on climate impacts and opportunities for nutrition; on forecast-based risk transfers and financial mechanisms; and jointly with Oxfam on insurance mechanisms that address climate risks and losses and damages. 

 COP22 at Marrakech 

WFP will be present at the global climate negotiations held by the UNFCCC in Marrakech between 7 to 18 November 2016. You can learn more about WFP’s involvement at this 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) here.