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Agriculture's Role in Mitigating & Adapting to Climate Change (1 of 4) - Thomas Rosswall, CGIAR

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Interview with Thomas Rosswall, Chairman of the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

By 2050, the worlds population is expected to increase from 6 to 9 billion people. Meanwhile, yields from key staple crops are expected to decline, especially in many of the poorest countries, due to climate change.

Agriculture generally, and farmers especially, are vital to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Farmers are willing to play their part by adopting new practices which deliver our growing food needs in a carbon-efficient manner, but they cannot do so without our support.

Many of the solutions for helping farmers address climate change already exist. But we must also use our current field of knowledge as the basis for further research and innovation to invent the necessary adaptation and mitigation solutions for the future.

At this critical and fragile interface of economic markets, our environment and human welfare, science has much to contribute. Let us make good use of it.

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