World Food Day: Climate change and agriculture

| October 10, 2016

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“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”

The theme of World Food Day on Oct. 16 addresses the intersection of climate change and food security: agriculture. It is farmers and pastoralists who are standing at this crossroads—being hit hardest by higher temperatures and erratic weather patterns. As a result, farmers must be more resilient, productive, and sustainable in order to feed the expected world population of 9.6 billion people by 2050.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization offers great resources on a variety of topics linked to both climate change and agriculture. For example:

— Livestock contribute to climate change, emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases, in particular methane. Learn more about livestock management and its impact on the environment.

— Good soil and forestry management can lead to the natural absorption of carbon dioxide, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about soil management.

— As populations rise, there is increased pressure to grow more food. Climate change is a major challenge to this effort. Learn more about climate-smart agriculture in this video.

— More than one-third of food produced is wasted. This results in greenhouse gas emissions as food rots and wastes the hard work of farmers. Learn more about food waste.

— Fish stocks are on the decline in the tropics, where livelihoods and both food and nutrition security strongly depend on fisheries. Learn more about the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

— Responsible forest management can slow climate change. Learn more about forest management.

— The world is aiming to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, but climate change is a major challenge en route to this goal. Learn more about the global food system and climate change.