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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
New Report Says Global Food System Investment Needed to Equip Farmers for Climate Change
Climate change is already tangibly affecting smallholder farmers in developing countries, and increased U.S. investments in agricultural development and innovation are needed to make global food systems more resilient and to alleviate hunger worldwide, according to a new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation. 

While climate change is impacting agriculture all around the world, its effects are “substantially more severe” in warm regions including Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, according to the report released today, authored by Dr. Thomas Jayne, professor emeritus of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. As much as 80% of the world’s poor people, who predominantly work in agriculture, live in areas increasingly affected by climate change, the report said, citing the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

The new report follows the United Nations’ COP27 conference earlier this month in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where leaders discussed the impact of climate change on the global food system and solutions to make agriculture more resilient. Today, the world is facing an “unprecedented” global food crisis, according to the World Food Program, due to COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine war, and a series of devastating weather events driven by climate change, including severe flooding in South Asia and extended droughts in East Africa.

“Unless sufficient resources are devoted to adapting agricultural systems to climate change, billions of people who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods could be hit hard, and global progress made in recent years to reduce poverty and hunger will be reversed,” Dr. Jayne said.

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