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Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action


GCB Bioenergy


Harriet K. Mugera

Keith L. Kline

Siwa Msangi

Virginia H. Dale

Jeremy Woods

Glaucia M. Souza

Patricia Osseweijer

Joy S. Clancy

Jorge A. Hilbert

Francis X. Johnson

Patrick C. McDonnell

Climate change will have far-reaching impacts on crop, livestock and fisheries production, and will change the prevalence of crop pests. Many of these impacts are already measurable. Climate impact studies are dominated by those on crop yields despite the limitations of climate-crop modelling, with very little attention paid to more systems components of cropping, let alone other dimensions of food security. Given the serious threats to food security, attention should shift to an action-oriented research agenda, where we see four key challenges: (a) changing the culture of research; (b) deriving stakeholder-driven portfolios of options for farmers, communities and countries; (c) ensuring that adaptation actions are relevant to those most vulnerable to climate change; (d) combining adaptation and mitigation.