In dry lands, climate risks and solutions come hand-in-hand

By Jack Durrell

A new report, entitled Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture, argues that even in the face of climate change, farmers in vulnerable dryland systems will be able to increase food supply and keep up with demand from the world’s growing population, so long as they are provided access to innovative climate-smart technologies and practices.

If the right practices are introduced now, the report predicts that some dryland systems could increase production by 20-30%, and others 10-20%. In addition, these practices will help stave off the environmental degradation that feeds into climate change.

The report is the result of a partnership between four internationl research programs, the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Research Program, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the CGIAR Research Programs on Dryland Systems and the Qatar National Food Security Program. It supports a major push to position agricultural research as a strategic priority as part of the UN’s efforts to address climate change.

Read more about the report here

Or download the full report here: Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture

Jack Durrell works with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

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