"The problems that climate change produces in the fields will be tackled in industrialized countries. It is the smallholder farmers in Africa and South Asia and the urban poor who spend too much of their wages on food; these are the people who will have less to eat in the near future unless we adapt at a much faster pace," said Robert Zougmor, CCAFS' regional program leader for West Africa.
The challenges laid out in these research paperslowering the emissions footprint of food production and adapting food systems to changing climatesmust be confronted as the world population grows to an estimated nine to ten billion people by 2050. Feeding this many new peoplethe equivalent of two additional Indiaswill not only require substantial increases in production, but better access to a nutritious diet as well.
"The good news is that if farmers and food producers start to adapt now, they can stave off some of the dour food production and distribution scenarios laid out in this research. But they can't face these complex, interrelated problems, which vary from crop to crop and region to region, alone. They need support from the highest levels," Thornton said.
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