Low carbon agriculture

An IFPRI case study for the Climate Action Programme
July 9, 2013
by Shenggen Fan and Tolulope Olofinbiyi

According to IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan and Senior Research Analyst Tolulope Olofinbiyi, world agriculture has reached a crossroads.

Rising incomes; changing population, demographics, and consumer preferences; growing natural resource constraints; increasing energy prices; and a varying climate are redefining the global supply and demand of food. At the same time, almost 1 billion people remain undernourished globally.

The change to a green and better fed world, as they explain in an article for the Climate Action Programme’s seventh annual Climate Action Report, depends on the development of low carbon agriculture.

However, improving food and nutrition security while protecting the earth’s natural resource base will require a smarter, more innovative, better focused, and cost-effective approach that also includes:

  • integrating food and nutrition security into sustainable development;
  • finding new measures to evaluate impacts so that food and natural resources can be priced to fully reflect their social and environmental costs and benefits;
  • providing technical and financial support to strengthen countries’ capacity to design strategies; and
  • engaging new actors, such as the private sector.

For the full article, please see: http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/climate-case-studies/low_carbon_ag…