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The role for scientists in tackling food insecurity and climate change

Author(s): Beddington John R | Asaduzzaman Mohammed | Clark Megan E | Bremauntz Adrian | Guillou Marion D | Jahn Molly M | Lin Erda | Mamo Tekalign | Negra Christine | Nobre Carlos A | Scholes Robert J | Sharma Rita | Van Bo Nguyen | Wakhungu Judi

Journal: Agriculture & Food Security
ISSN 2048-7010

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Abstract To adapt to climate change and ensure food security, major interventions are required to transform current patterns and practices of food production, distribution and consumption. The scientific community has an essential role to play in informing concurrent, strategic investments to establish climate-resilient agricultural production systems, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, make efficient use of resources, develop low-waste supply chains, ensure adequate nutrition, encourage healthy eating choices and develop a global knowledge system for sustainability. This paper outlines scientific contributions that will be essential to the seven policy recommendations for achieving food security in the context of climate change put forward by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. These include improved understanding of agriculture’s vulnerability to climate change, food price dynamics, food waste and consumption patterns and monitoring technologies as well as multidisciplinary investigation of regionally appropriate responses to climate change and food security challenges.
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