Impact of climate change on agriculture
“The livelihood of people and nations is crucially dependent on agriculture, especially in the developing world,” he said. “The economic, social and political ramifications of any impact on agriculture are, therefore, significant.”
In became evident to Dinar in 1994 that agriculture had been largely neglected in climate change studies. He decided to research the topic.
“It soon became clear to me that people did not know much about adaptation to the effects of climate change,” he said. “The net effect of climate change on agricultural production is still not well understood. It’s not just the production of food from crops that is involved, but also livestock. Agriculture suffers from climate change, but it also contributes to it through land use and abuse, as well as the adoption of practices that are unsustainable where climate change is concerned such as unsuitable cropping patterns and irrigation technologies.”
The “Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture” took two years to edit.
“Two factors kept us on schedule: The book was thoroughly planned, and all the contributors were extremely responsive,” Dinar said.