The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

World Renew - Improving Agriculture and Food Security Project in Bangladesh

With local partner, Prottasha, World Renew improved food security through climate-smart agriculture among 1,500 marginal farm families in the Kishoreganj District of Bangladesh.

Farmers learned System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which led to improved yields and incomes for families by tackling climate risks and variability. Farming knowledge was transferred from trained participants to other self-help group members. SRI is a proven climate smart technology. It contributes to climate adaptation (strengthening crop resilience), promotes mitigation (less carbon production), and increases crop productivity and income.

Goal 13: Climate Action

There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.

The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters.

Helping more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, adapt to climate change must go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures into national strategies. It is still possible, with the political will and a wide array of technological measures, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This requires urgent collective action.