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Climate Change and Food Security: Risks and Responses

Source: Food and Agriculture organisation of the United Nations (via Eldis)

Date: 2016

The effects of climate change on agricultural systems and food and nutrition security are already severe and widespread. Almost 800 million people are chronically undernourished, and population and wealth growth are set to increase demand for food and feed in the near future.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimate that food production will have to increase by 60% in the coming decades to accommodate this increased demand, and with vulnerable smallholder farmers providing food for an estimated 2 billion people, climate change poses a significant risk to fulfilling this demand. In response to these concerns, the FAO have produced this detailed report assessing the risks of and responses to climate change in the context of agriculture, food security and nutrition. The report brings together the latest scientific knowledge and evidence from the IPCC and the FAO’s own experience to provide a comprehensive overview of the cascading impacts of climate change on food security and nutrition.

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