Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Resource for Theme 'Agriculture, fisheries and food security'

Coping with climate change - the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture

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Date of publication: 2015-01-21

Associated Organization: CGRFA

Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security

Regions: Africa

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Summary:

Climate change is a fundamental threat to food security, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. It is expected to reduce agricultural productivity, stability and incomes in many parts of the world, and to become an additional stress and risk factor in areas already facing high levels of food insecurity. Production systems and the genetic resources upon which they are based are severely threatened. Climate change is expected to affect the distribution of species, their population sizes, their behaviours and their life cycles. Ecological dynamics and equilibriums are likely to be affected. Potential consequences include asynchrony between the life cycles of pollinators and the flowering periods of crop plants, enhanced pathways for invasive alien species, and improved conditions for pests and parasites.

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