IFPRI Publishes Report on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation

© IFPRI29 September 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report that outlines the impacts and costs of climate change on agriculture and offers local, national and international policy recommendations.

The report highlights the overall negative effects of climate change on agriculture and particular vulnerabilities in developing countries. The analysis combines crop growth models under two climate scenarios. It highlights negative impacts in South Asia, lower worldwide calorie availability by 2050 in developing countries, price increases for grain, and an increase in malnutrition. The report recommends increased investment in agricultural productivity research; reinvigoration of national research and extension programmes; improved global data collection, analysis and dissemination; introduction of agricultural adaptation as a key agenda point at international negotiations; recognition of the link between food security and climate change adaptation; increased support for community-based adaptation; and increased funding for adaptation programmes of at least US$7 billion annually. IFPRI is supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [Report]