Plant Science Post

Climate Quotes From Leading Experts

October 29, 2014
Climate Change

What are agriculture’s thought leaders saying about climate change and food security? Check out these interesting excerpts from their recent articles.

 “If the current trends are not altered, by 2050 climate change could decrease global maize yields by up to 18 percent, rice yields could drop by 7 percent and wheat yields could decline by up to 36 percent.”

Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative. Read full article.

 

“It is estimated that farmers in the U.S. grow five times as much corn per acre as smallholder farmers in Africa…This gap will only widen as the effects of climate change increase.”

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Advocacy Network. Read full article.

 

“The joint adoption of no-till agriculture and drought-tolerant crops could as much as triple yields by 2050.”

Sir Gordon Conway, director of the Agriculture for Impact program and professor of international development at Imperial College London. Read full article.

 

“Instruments like the AgriTech Toolbox, developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute, can determine which agricultural technologies will be the most effective for boosting crop yields in the face of climate change between now and 2050.”

Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium. Read full article.

 

“We are used to having plentiful food, and at an affordable price. This can continue with good research, innovation and uptake into farming.”

Professor Tim Benton, lecturer at the University of Leeds and member of the U.K.’s Global Food Security program. Read full article.

 

Explore the Agritech Toolbox: Each of the experts above refers to an online tool, the Agritech Toolbox, developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This tool enables policymakers to explore the effects of different agricultural technologies – from improved seeds to crop protection technologies – on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture under different climate change scenarios in 2050. The tool shows results at a global, regional and national level so users can develop food security strategies specifically tailored to their area of interest. Explore the toolbox yourself: click here.