African smallholder farmers responding to an uncertain climate future

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

By Katrin Glatzel and Alice Marks

Originally posted on Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute Blog

Farmers in Tanzania. Credit :Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Farmers in Tanzania. Credit :Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

With just a couple of months left till the world’s leaders gather in Paris to agree on a new international climate change agreement, the Montpellier Panel launched a report last week addressing some of the key challenges we face in helping smallholder farmers become more resilient in the face of climate change.“The Farms of Change: African Smallholders Responding to an Uncertain Climate Future” also argues that smallholders can be the drivers for steering Africa towards low-carbon development pathways – provided they are given the right support and incentives to do so.

As we all know, two of the greatest challenges of the 21st century are the increasing demands for food, water and energy from a growing population – and climate change. Agriculture and smallholder…

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