Two degrees too much for agriculture
The attached briefing paper, produced by a network of civil society organizations monitoring the climate change talks, highlights the serious threats posed by climate change to agriculture.
Decreased crop production due to climate change has the potential to increase food prices and food insecurity, as well as threaten the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers. Even if the world can limit global temperature rise to 2ºC, this would be too much for agriculture to cope with.
There is urgent need to focus on the challenge to ecosystems and livelihoods, rather than on carbon commerce, as is currently the case. Immediate and significant emission reductions by the developed countries are needed now to prevent further disastrous impacts on food security. The paper warns against developed countries’ moves to offset their emissions by focusing on soil carbon sequestration in developing countries, for which market mechanisms are unlikely to benefit smallholder farmers.
briefing paper can also be downloaded here
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