More extreme weather from climate change is threatening food producers. Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPS
By Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2016 (IPS) – Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
“All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture,” Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO told IPS.
“The good news,” he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.
The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.
The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared to feed the world’s increasing demand for meat products.
However while farming contributes to climate change, the world’s 500 million smallholder farming households, who often only produce enough food for their families to survive, will be among the worst hit by a changing climate.
Global Climate Change