Farming changes needed to avert looming food crisis

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns in its 2016 report on The State of Food and Agriculture that “unless action is taken now to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and resilient, climate change impacts will seriously compromise food production in regions that are already highly food-insecure… Without adaptation to climate change, it will not be possible to achieve food security for all and eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty.”

Across Africa, climate change presents an enormous threat to food producers already too sensitive to any change in weather patterns, and along with them, hundreds of millions of people dependent on their food crops. The FAO report states: “Productivity declines would have serious implications for food security.

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