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CCAFS Reports Highlight Vulnerability of Agricultural and Aquatic Systems to Climate Change

October 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Resarch (CGIAR) has released a working paper that describes the likely impacts of climate change on the commodities and natural resources under the mandate of the CGIAR.

The paper, titled "Impacts of Climate Change on the Agricultural and Aquatic Systems and Natural Resources within CGIAR's Mandate," reveals that, with few exceptions, the likely impacts of climate change on key food staples and natural resources are not understood. This is due in part to uncertainties about climate impacts at the local level, as well as interactions between climate and the distribution of weeds, pests and diseases.

The report covers 22 agricultural commodities alongside chapters on agroforestry, forests and water resources, exploring the importance of each commodity, its biological vulnerability to climate change, and the vulnerability of populations that depend partially or wholly on the resources. The report was developed as a background document for the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition through the UN Committee on World Food Security. [Publication: Impacts of Climate Change on the Agricultural and Aquatic Systems and Natural Resources within CGIAR's Mandate]