Adapting Agricultural Systems to Climate Change
The performance of crops, wild plants, livestock and aquatic resources under stress depends both on their inherent genetic capacity and on the whole agroecosystems in which they are managed. For that reason, any serious effort to increase the resilience of developing country agriculture in the face of climate change must involve the adoption of climate-resilient crop varieties and animal breeds as well as more prudent management of crops, animals and the natural resources that sustain their production while providing other vital services for people and the environment. Using the knowledge and technology emerging from research carried out by the CGIAR Centers and many other organizations, farmers and other land users are making significant shifts in current practices. Such changes, already imperative, will become even more so in the coming decades, as the consequences of climate change unfold.