International agricultural research and climate change: A focus on tropical systems

Verchot, L V and Cooper, P (2008) International agricultural research and climate change: A focus on tropical systems. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 126 (1-2). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0167-8809

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Global awareness and recognition of climate change has grown significantly over the past several years. Recent reports have pointed to the fact that, whilst there will be some winners, in general developing countries will suffer most from the negative impacts of climate change (IPCC, 2007 and Stern, 2007). It has become obvious that the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol will not be sufficiently effective to halt the increase of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations, and we must now accept that the primary drivers of climate change are not going to stop. Mitigation efforts directed at these primary drivers will therefore only provide a partial softening of the effects of climate change. Local climates and terrestrial ecosystems will change, in many cases threatening human livelihoods. Yet, even as climate changes, food and fibre production, environmental services and rural livelihoods in developing countries must improve, not just be maintained. The status quo in the developing world is not acceptable. Developing countries are currently faced with urgent needs for development to improve food security, reduce poverty and provide an adequate standard of living for growing populations. Addressing these urgent and current development priorities must now be combined with a consideration of the impact of a changing climate on development policies and innovations

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Maize
Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 05:32
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 05:32
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