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UNDP releases new cookbook with climate-resilient recipes

Apr 4, 2017

The ingredients for a Cambodian steam curry, which is included in the new cookbook. Photo: Andrea Egan/UNDP

New York — UNDP has launched a new cookbook looking at how climate change is affecting food security in developing countries and how communities are adapting their traditional recipes to survive.

The new cookbook, ‘Adaptive Farms, Resilient Tables’, was launched last night in Brooklyn.

It features traditional recipes from six countries – Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Haiti, Mali, Niger and Sudan – and tells the personal stories of how people have coped when their traditional sources of food have begun to change.

The stories are inspiring, showing how people and communities have taken action to strengthen their own food security.

Some communities in these countries are supported by the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility, a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Canada to help people find sources of food and agricultural practices that are more resilient and sustainable in the face of a changing climate.

Global project coordinator, Jennifer Baumwoll of UNDP, said climate change had impacted crop production in all six countries.

“In tackling the threat of food insecurity, these communities could adapt their traditional recipes and employ more innovative cooking methods,” Ms Baumwoll said.

“It was a truly inspiring story and one we felt had to be captured, hence why we chose to share this through the cookbook.”

The cookbook was launched at an event at Brooklyn restaurant Lighthouse, which is devoted to environmental sustainability.

Brooklyn chefs prepared dishes inspired by the countries’ recipes and speakers from Haiti and Cambodia talked about some of the food security challenges in those countries, and how communities overcame those challenges.

About the project

Recognizing that agriculture is a critical source of livelihoods for more than four out of ten people globally, and that 80 per cent of food eaten in the developing world comes from 500 million smallholder farms worldwide, UNDP, Canada and the six partner countries are committed to strengthening local adaptation measures. The cookbook reflects those efforts to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable smallholder farmers.

Manager of a project in Haiti under the Canada-UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Facility, Dorine Jean-Paul, said the cookbook will help to share the farmers’ experiences with other countries.

“More than 1,800 farmers in southern Haiti were provided technical advice, resources and planning support to make their households’ plots more resilience to the region’s droughts and heavy rainfall,” she said.

The shorter version of the cookbook is available for download here.

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For additional information, please contact: Jennifer Baumwoll in New York at jennifer.baumwoll@undp.org or +1-212-906-5012; or Andrea Egan in New York at  andrea.egan@undp.org or +1-224-357-6881