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This article originally appeared on the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) blog

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme assesses current knowledge of how climate change affects agriculture and food security, toward mapping the way forward

As food demand rises and farmers begin to feel the impacts of a changing climate, a new and complex set of challenges are emerging. Scientists from across the CGIAR and its research partners are integrating expertise on climate change, agriculture and food security to meet these challenges.

A new paper from CCAFS (PDF) takes stock of current knowledge regarding climate change and approaches to mitigate and adapt to its impacts, aiming to chart the way forward for research and policy action. CCAFS is a partnership of the international agricultural research Centers of the CGIAR and the Earth Systems Science Partnership.

Transporting paddy. Harvest time in Bangladesh. Photo: jajankie/

The comprehensive review brings together current knowledge of the impacts of climate change on farming and food systems, as well as approaches for managing climate variability and risk now and over the long term. It also assesses knowledge regarding changes in farming practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and regarding how these changes can be achieved without compromising farmers’ food security and livelihood.

Feeding 9 billion people in 2050 will require a transformation in agriculture, which is all the more urgent in the face of climate change.

“Actions taken within the next decade are critical,” says Sonja Vermeulen, CCAFS deputy director of research and lead author of the paper. “Science and policy must race against climate change to get the responses in place to deal with its impacts.” Continue reading