This intensive course aims to equip participants with a better understanding of the interlinkages between climate change, agriculture, food security and the role of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The course is an important learning opportunity for climate change practitioners, academics, students and government representatives interested in increasing their knowledge on what it means to incorporate climate change risks into planning and budgeting processes involving the agriculture sector.

Dr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP

Climate change is considered a significant ‘hunger-risk multiplier,’ and in many regions, food security is already being adversely affected by climate change. For this reason, FAO and UNDP are working jointly to create the transformative change that we need to reach the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

Dr. Martin Frick, Director of Climate and Environment Division, FAO

This massive open online course on National Adaptation Plans: Building Climate Resilience in Agriculture brings you closer to the nexus of climate change adaptation, agriculture and sustainable development. If you want to learn from development professionals currently engaged in national adaptation planning and agriculture, then this 6-week course is for you.

Using videos, interactive lessons, case studies and stories, this course explores the central elements and the process for addressing the agriculture sectors in the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans.

You will be introduced to Zipora and Alice - two women from different countries and cultures who share a common experience of ways in which climate change is affecting their worlds. Through their stories you will gain insights into what it really takes to build climate resilient agricultural systems.

The NAP-Ag MOOC is presented as part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-AG) Programme and is a joint effort between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It is was made possible by the generous funding of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).

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Course Structure

Week 1 Introduction to climate change adaptation, agriculture and food security

Week 2 International frameworks and National Adaptation Planning

Week 3 Identifying and assessing climate change impacts and risks

Week 4 Identifying and prioritizing climate adaptation options

Week 5 Governance, coordination and finance

Week 6 Communication, monitoring and evaluation

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Course at a glance


Time bound, 6 weeks


2-3 hours / week




Climate change adaptation and agriculture






UN CC:e-Learn


  • Complete videos
  • Quizzes
  • Peer-review project
  • Forum participation

Certification (upon)

  • Pass 6 weekly quizzes
  • Upload min 4 assignments in the forum
  • Review min 4 peer assignments

Meet the Experts

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Adriana Dinu

Executive Coordinator of Global Environmental Finance Unit

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Dr. Agha Ali Akram

Visiting Fellow at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Alexandre Meybeck

Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department

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Dr. Anne Mottet

Livestock Policy Officer

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Dr. Armine Avagyan

Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Advisor

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Arthur Asumani

Technical Specialist

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Astrid Agostini

Senior Natural Resources Officer

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Dr. Babatunde Abidoye

Applied Economist

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Beau Damen

Natural Resource Officer – Climate Change and Bioenergy

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Benjamin Laroquette

Regional Technical Advisor

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Dr. Bonizella Biagini

Manages Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA)

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Cassie Flynn

Global Climate Change Advisor

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Catherine Hill

Gender Advisor to the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP)

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Cecilia Jones

National Coordinator of the NAP-Ag activities in Uruguay

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Claudia Garcia

Climate Change and Knowledge Management Specialist


Dr. Daniela C. Kalikoski

Advisor for Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction


Denise Martínez Breto

Communications Coordinator

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Enrico Mazzoli


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Dr. Giacomo Branca

Agriculture and Natural Resource Economist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Business (DEIM) of Tuscia University

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Glenn Hodes

Climate Change Policy & Finance Specialist

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Gregory Benchwick

Global Communications for Climate Change Adaptation Portfolio

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Dr. Hideki Kanamaru

Natural Resources Officer

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Jason Spensley

Senior Specialist, Project Preparation and Adaptation Planning


Janie Rioux

Agriculture and Food Security Senior Specialist, Division of Mitigation and Adaptation


Jennifer Baumwoll

Project Coordinator

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Jeongha Kim

Decent Rural Employment Policy Officer

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Jo Scheuer

Director and Chief of Profession Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

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Joanne Manda

Policy Advisor and Technical Assistant

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Julia Wolf

Natural Resource Officer, Climate Change

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Julie Teng

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist

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Maria Nuutinen

Forestry Officer

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Dr. Mark Tadross

Technical Specialist in Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (EWS)

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Dr. Martin Frick

Ph. D. Director of Climate and Environment Division

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Maryline Darmaun

Climate Change Adaptation


Montserrat Xiotl

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Ninni Ikkala Nyman

Climate Change Adaptation Consultant

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Dr. Oscar Rojas

Natural Resources Officer

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Dr. Paxina Chileshe - Toe

Member of the Climate Change Adaptation Specialist Team


Dr. Peter Johnson

Climate Scientist at the University of Cape Town

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Dr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Head of Climate Change Adaptation Program

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Reis Lopez Rello

Regional Technical Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation

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Rohini Kohli

Lead Technical Specialist

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Samuel Tumwesigye

Technical Specialist


Dr. Selvaraju Ramasamy

Climate Change Officer

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Sibyl Nelson

Gender Advisor

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Dr. Solomon Asfaw


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Srilata Kammila

Regional Technical Advisor

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Yon Fernandez-de-Larrinoa

Indigenous Peoples Team Leader

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Meet the Anchor

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Aamena Ahmad

A young development professional from India with a passion for education both inside and outside the classroom. She is engaged in raising awareness about the NAP-Ag to draw attention to climate change impacts on food security and farmers’ livelihoods.

Who is this course for?

If you are a decision maker, development practitioner, government official, academic, student or anyone who is interested in climate change adaptation, agriculture and sustainable development, this MOOC is designed for you. Prior knowledge on the topic will be a plus but is not required.

What will I learn?

By the end of the MOOC you will be able to able to discuss:

  • The links between climate change, agriculture and food security;
  • The role of international agreements, including the 2030 Agenda, Sendai Framework, and the Paris Agreement and the National Adaptation Planning process;
  • How to identify and prioritize adaptation options in agriculture sectors;
  • Coordination and governance aspects of implementing adaptation actions in agriculture;
  • Mechanisms for funding and safeguarding livelihoods in climate change adaptation in agriculture.

How will I be assessed?

You will be able to assess your knowledge by taking ungraded exercises, engaging in the forum discussions, submitting weekly quizzes and working on a personal project. To complete the course, you will be expected to submit and pass all quizzes, upload your personal project, which is split in six small assignments, and comment on the assignments of four peers.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, if you complete the course, you will receive a personalized UN Certificate from FAO, UNDP and UNITAR.

How much time will I have to complete the course?

The course starts on November 13, 2017 (the second week of the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC) and takes 6 weeks. You can complete the course and receive a certificate by December 24, 2017

Who developed the course?

NAP-Ag Programme

The course is developed as part of the “Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans initiative. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) have joined together in this programme to support countries as they integrate their agriculture sectors in the national adaptation planning processes.

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UNDP Climate Change Adaptation

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Together with partners, UNDP supports climate change risk management in the context of agriculture and food security, water resources, coastal zone development, public health, and climate change-related disaster risks.

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FAO Climate

FAO is the lead agency fighting for a world without hunger. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts to ensure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO considers climate change a top-line corporate priority and focuses its work on enhancing institutional and technical capacities of 174 Member States and improving integration of food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the international climate agenda.

Through its climate change portfolio of over 300 projects worldwide, FAO is supporting countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The NAP-Ag programme is financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Since 2008, IKI has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity.



An autonomous UN body established in 1963, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a training arm of the United Nations System, UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities. UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP) develops methodologies, executes training, supports learning strategies, and facilitates knowledge-sharing with the goal to strengthen capacities in developing countries to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and to advance a green, low emission and climate resilient transition. The Programme also hosts the Secretariats of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).