jueves, 8 de octubre de 2009

Necessary actions to face reduction in crop yields due to climate change in developing countries

Global warming will cut into world grain yields and result in less food being available in the developing world in 2050, a think tank said on Tuesday, October 6th, calling for aggressive action to boost food output.
"Climate change increases child malnutrition and reduces calorie consumption dramatically," said a report from the International Food Policy Research Institute, part of a global network of agricultural research centres.

Higher temperatures reduce crop yields while encouraging pests and plant diseases. South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will be hurt the hardest by declines in yields and production, IFPRI said.
It recommended an increase of $7 billion a year in public-sector spending on agricultural research, improvements in irrigation and farm-to-market roads to offset the impact of climate change.

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