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CCAFS Releases Study on Hotspots of Vulnerability to Climate-Induced Food Insecurity

5 June 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a study that identifies hotspots of climate-induced food insecurity. The study combines data from food insecure regions with models from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to measure vulnerability based on exposure and sensitivity to climate change and coping capacity.

The report, titled "Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics" suggests that the most vulnerable populations are the most likely to experience the largest reduction in growing seasons. It notes that East and West Africa, India, parts of Mexico and Northeastern Brazil will experience a shortening of growing seasons by more than 5%, influencing the viability of a number of staple crops. The report represents the first step in the development of a climate vulnerability projection framework. In response to these challenges crop breeders at CGIAR centers globally are developing climate-ready crop varieties. [Publication: Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics]