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Food security, farming, and climate change to 2050: scenarios, results, policy options

This monograph addresses the climate change threat in the context of larger food security challenges. It provides the most comprehensive analysis to date on the scope of climate change as it relates to food security, including who will be most affected and what policymakers can do to facilitate adaptation. Building on previous research by IFPRI and other international organizations, this monograph examines a wider range of plausible economic, demographic, and climatic futures than has previously been analyzed. Using comprehensive empirical analysis, the authors suggest that policymakers should take into account (1) the value of broad-based sustainable development, (2) the power of investments to enhance agricultural productivity, (3) the importance of an open world trade system, and (4) the need for early action on both adaptation and mitigation.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) Food security, farming, and climate change to 2050
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Food security
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
Copyright Yes
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Copyright © 2010 International Food Policy Research Institute. All rights reserved. Sections of this material may be reproduced for personal and not-for-profit use without the express written permission of but with acknowledgment to IFPRI. To reproduce material contained herein for profit or commercial use requires express written permission. To obtain permission, contact the Communications Division at

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Author (individual) Nelson, Gerald C.
Co-author (individual) Rosegrant, Mark W.; Palazzo, Amanda; Gray, Ian; Ingersoll, Christina; Robertson, Richard; Tokgoz, Simla; Zhu Tingju; Sulser, Timothy B.; Ringler, Claudia; Msangi, Siwa; You Liangzhi
ISBN number 9780896291867
Publication place Washington, D.C.
Publisher International Food Policy Research Institute
Publication date 2010
Pagination 155 p.
Date uploaded May 5, 2015, 04:12 (UTC)
Date modified January 13, 2016, 03:13 (UTC)