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


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

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…

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