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News The rapid transformation of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, such as adopting climate-smart practices, particularly to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is critical for hunger and poverty reduction, the United Nations agriculture agency said today in a new report.
That uncertainty also translates into volatile food prices, he noted. Graziano da Silva said.
Most affected would be populations in poor areas in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, especially those who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Future food security in many countries will worsen if no action is taken today. Therefore, agriculture must both contribute more to combating climate change while bracing to overcome its impacts, the report says.
Time for action Without action, agriculture will continue to be a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Widespread adoption of nitrogen-efficient practices alone would reduce the number of people at risk of undernourishment by more than million, the report estimates.
It also identifies avenues to lower emission intensity from agriculture. Water-conserving alternatives to the flooding of rice paddies can slash methane emissions by 45 per cent, while emissions from the livestock sector can be reduced by up to 41 per cent through the adoption of more efficient practices.
Helping small farmers adapt to climate change risks is critical Developing countries are home to around half a billion small farm families who produce food and other agricultural products in greatly varying agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions. Solutions have to be tailored to those conditions; there is no one-size-fits-all fix.
Helping smallholders adapt to climate change risks is critical for global poverty reduction and food security. Close attention should be paid to removing obstacles they may face and fostering an enabling environment for individual, joint and collective action, according to the report.
FAO urges policy makers to identify and remove such barriers. These obstacles can include input subsidies that promote unsustainable farming practices, poorly aligned incentives and inadequate access to markets, credit, extension services and social protection programmes, and often disadvantage women, who make up to 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force.
International public finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation is growing and, while still relatively small, can act as a catalyst to leverage larger flows of public and private investments. More climate finance needs to flow to sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry to fund the large-scale transformation and the development of climate-smart food production systems.Climate-smart business is the economic growth story of today and tomorrow Already, global markets for climate-smart businesses and technologies have grown to $1 trillion annually.
This growth is expected to accelerate, delivering environmental and social benefits while creating value for investors.
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