Agriculture at the Crossroads: Guaranteeing Food Security in a Changing Global Climate

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Posted by admin | Posted in Agri Sci | Posted on 31-12-2010

For a large number of developing countries, agriculture remains the single most important sector. Climate change has the potential to damage irreversibly the natural resource base on which agriculture depends, with grave consequences for food security in developing countries. However, agriculture is the sector that has the potential to transcend from being a problem to becoming an essential part of the solution to climate change provided there is a more holistic vision of food security, climate-change adaptation and mitigation as well as agriculture’s pro-poor development contribution. What is required is a rapid and significant shift from conventional, industrial, monoculture-based and high-external-input dependent production towards mosaics of sustainable production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.

The required transformation is however much more fundamental than simply tweaking the existing industrial agricultural systems. Read

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900sid/EGUA-8BXT68/$file/UNCTAD-AgricultureAtTheCrossroads-Dec2010.pdf?openelement

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