Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Building resilient food systems in a world of climate uncertainty

Unpredictable weather patterns leave farmers and the global food system most vulnerable to climate change but there are scalable solutions out there

Unfortunately for the agriculture community, there was little progress in improving the prospects for addressing climate change challenges at the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) that concluded in Doha last week.

All farmers, no matter their size, depend on the weather to the grow crops that feed the world, while providing a livelihood for their families and communities. This makes them among the most vulnerable to the changing climate. By 2050, if farmers are not assisted to meet these changes, agriculture yields will decrease with impacts projected to be the most severe in Africa and South Asia, with productivity decreasing by 15% and 18% respectively. Therefore, strategies to adapt to the significant shifts in weather patterns are greatly needed.

See full Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/building-resilient-food-systems-climate