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Experts to Assess Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture in the Region

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10 November 2010|Press Release

The phenomenon impacts the rural population of Latin America and the Caribbean, most of which lives in conditions of poverty.

(9 November 2010) Agriculture is one of the activities most affected by climate change, especially in developing countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. To assess this impact and learn about the public policies for adaptation and mitigation carried out in the region, international experts will meet at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile for the regional seminar Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions.

The event will take place on 10-12 November and is organized jointly by ECLAC, the UN Regional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA), with the support of the Government of France.

It will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 10 November at 9 a.m. by Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC; Alan Bojanic, Deputy Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean of the FAO; James French, Director of Technical Cooperation at IICA; and Maryse Bossière, Ambassador of France in Chile.

The seminar will be attended by high-ranking technical and political officers of government agriculture ministries and secretariats from the region, as well as by experts of research institutes and regional bodies.

The seminar will also address the issue of the vulnerability of countries to natural catastrophes and the food insecurity of the population in rural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, most of which lives in conditions of poverty, given that climate change could aggravate their situation.


The media is welcome to attend the seminar, to be held in the Celso Furtado Conference Room at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago, Chile (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura).

The seminar will be broadcast via webcast at: mms://

For inquiries, please contact ECLAC's Public Information and Web Services Section.
Email:; telephone: (56-2) 210-2040.