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.