Climate Resilient Agriculture: what small scale producers need to adapt to climate change. This briefing is part of Christian Aid’s Time for Climate Justice briefing series.
During the 21st century, global food production will face unprecedented pressure from climate change. This presents an especially difficult challenge to developing countries and their ability to end poverty through more and better investment in agricultural development. Agriculture is the economic sector that is most vulnerable to climate change and it is directly responsible for about 25% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock production and crop yields are projected to fall, especially in the expanding sub-tropics. Conversely, these are areas with the greatest incidence of hunger and where agricultural transformation has the greatest potential to end poverty. Urgent action is therefore needed to support farmers in developing countries to further develop, adapt, increase their knowledge of and scale-up innovation that will enable them to become more resilient. Small-scale farmers, who currently manage 60% of the world’s agricultural land and produce 50% of its food, should play a central role in this process.
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