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Climate Change Will Change How We Grow Food

National Geographic reports:

Farmers worldwide are entering a period of increasing uncertainty as climate change compromises food production in areas already sensitive to food insecurity, a new report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization cautions. And the group predicted to be most affected will be women.

The annual report by the FAO, the top global collector of data on global food and farming trends, ties together poverty, hunger, and climate change to persuade governments to adopt policy changes that will protect farmers of the future. The 2016 edition of The State of Food and Agriculture urges countries to help their farmers rely less on natural resources and to find ways to use water and fertilizer more efficiently.

“We need to make major changes in the way we produce food and manage agricultural systems,” says Rob Vos, director of agricultural economics for the Food and Agriculture Organization. “Climate change is already affecting many parts of the world, particularly in Africa and many tropical areas. If we don’t make the systems involved in agriculture more resilient, food security will be in jeopardy.”

Excerpt from National Geographic. Read the full story here.