To produce climate-resilient food crops or to use existing ones?

DESERTIFICATION

A nice stand of the spineless (edible) Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis in Staoueli (Algiers) – Photo credit WVC 2007

Drought-tolerant or climate resilient plants to combat desertification

by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM – University of Ghent (Belgium)

I have been reading a very interesting publication at IRINNEWS http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88225

entitled AFRICA: Finding the food crops of the future

Climate change could make that classical staple foods can’t be grown anymore in the climatic zones of today.  People would need to grow other crops. In my own country Belgium, which would be the food crops of the future? What kind of options for continued food security will we have?  Do we need scientists to do years of research work on climate models linked to agriculture and horticulture to determine which will be the crop yields in the future?  Or can we use existing climate-resilient crops in a ‘new’ environment created by…

View original post 790 more words

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s