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Climate change and food security in Pacific island states

This report, jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific, examines the likely impacts of climate change on Pacific island countries, with a focus on food security threats.

Two reports from international meetings and three case studies — from Vanuatu, the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Cook Islands — highlight small island vulnerability. Each case study includes an overview of the country's socio-economic status, an assessment of its agricultural sector and a list of likely climate change impacts, including ocean warming, frequent tropical cyclones, flash floods and droughts.

The authors include successes in each case and make recommendations for future action. They call for a systematic approach to climate change, using national development plans to implement adaptation programmes.

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