Global consortium considers climate change in ag research
By The Canadian Press
Sept. 24, 2014 - A global consortium involving 15 agricultural research centres, thousands of scientists, and hundreds of partners has announced it will invest at least 60 per cent of its budget in helping 500 million farmers adapt to more stressful growing conditions.
The announcement came at the UN Climate Summit 2014 in New York City and accompanied the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.
The alliance is a voluntary partnership of governments, researchers, civil society organizations, businesses, and farmer organizations committed to strengthening global food and nutrition security, improving resilience to climate change, and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture.
The consortium has made climate change considerations an essential part of agricultural research at all of its centres and programs; this focus includes supporting work to maintain and boost production of vital food staples such as rice and maize.