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Big Facts is a resource of the most up-to-date and robust facts relevant to the nexus of climate change, agriculture and food security. It is intended to provide a credible and reliable platform for fact checking amid the range of claims that appear in reports, advocacy materials and other sources.

With at least 9.5 billion people on earth by 2050, population pressure, higher consumer expectations, and climate change will degrade and tax our limited natural resources, especially that of the land. Our capacity to transform the environment, and the services it provides, has untold repercussions…

A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.

Food Tank highlights 16 agroforestry projects that are benefiting farmers, communities, and the environment.

While six of the nine crops studied are expected to remain stable under moderate and extreme climate change scenarios, up to 30 per cent of areas growing maize and bananas, and up to 60 per cent of those producing beans are projected to become unviable by the end of the century.

FAO has estimated that total carbon emissions from forests decreased by more than 25 percent between 2001 and 2015, mainly due to a slowdown in global deforestation rates.

The land-related statistics are disaggregated by gender and include specific data on land and agricultural ownership by men and women. The data is shown in the interactive map, list of statistics indicators and their definitions

Food Tank has compiled a list of indigenous fruits, vegetables, and grains from many regions that are nutritious, delicious, and contribute to sustainable livelihoods in rural communities across the globe.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) footprint calculator, which assesses the footprint for food, home, personal stuff (like appliances and gadgets) and travel choices.

Fourteen of the 33 most likely water-stressed countries in 2040 will be in the Middle East. Find out more how changing water supply and demand will affect countries in the future.

GLOBAL 2000 is an independent Austrian environmental organization. GLOBAL 2000 is a member of Friends of the Earth, the largest international network of environmental organizations.

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

Over 8% of land in Europe could be at moderate-to-high risk of wind-driven soil erosion, a new study has estimated. In the first assessment of its kind, the researchers produced maps which show wind erosion risk across 36 countries. This information could help guide actions to tackle land…

The way journalists represent scientific debate and in particular how they represent opposing viewpoints influences public perceptions of risk and uncertainty about a subject.

The declining number of bee and wasp species in England has been linked to historic changes in land-use in a recent study. Researchers say that policies which promote diverse landscapes offer more opportunities for bees and wasps to nest and forage and are best for conserving these insect…

Experience in several countries shows how solar irrigation pumps can make farmers more resilient against the erratic shifts in rainfall patterns caused by climate change or the unreliable supply and high costs of fossil fuels needed to operate water pumps.

We have all heard the statistics about ecosystems’ demise. More than a billion people live in water-scarce regions. Thirty percent of the world’s forests have been cleared, and another 20 percent degraded. And nearly 500 million people live in drylands that are becoming increasingly vulnerable to…

Soil is a natural resource essential to human welfare by virtue of its numerous crucial functions.

Whether you’re looking at the next few weeks or the next few decades, many parts of the United States are likely to face the silent but devastating impacts of drought. New research, and corrections to an earlier study, help bring this point home.

Food security is important. A rising world population coupled with climate change creates growing pressure on global world food supplies.

Europe’s ecosystems face increasing pressure to stay healthy amid rising pollution, overexploitation, urban sprawl and the effects of climate change. These are the findings of a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today which takes stock of the condition of Europe’s ecosystems.

This study revealed that conversion of croplands to grasslands or integration of appropriate agroforestry trees in cropping fields in the region has large technical potential of SOC and TN sequestrations.

There is a lack of evidence-based assessment on how engagement processes contribute to water governance objectives. This article addresses this research gap by presenting key findings and policy guidance from a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on…

This paper identifies new ways of moving from land degradation towards sustainable land management through the development of economic mechanisms.

The Secretariat on Thursday launched a new portal for the purpose and the documents will be publicly available in their original form on the UNFCCC web site as they are submitted.