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Meeting food security, development and climate goals

Providing food, fuel and fibre for a global population of more than 9 billion people by 2050 will put ever greater pressure on our planet’s already scarce natural resources, without taking into account climate change. The added challenge of climate change adaptation and mitigation makes it even more difficult for farmers in developing countries to improve their lives and livelihoods, while meeting other demands placed on agriculture.

For the world to deliver on its goal of halving poverty and hunger by 2015, there is an urgent need for more investment in developing countries to boost agricultural productivity and efficiency, improve access to local, national and international food markets, manage risks from household to national levels and enable adoption of climate-smart practices, policies and technologies.

The international community, governments and private sector share an important responsibility to finance and technically support climate-smart agriculture through integrated approaches that address the multiple objectives of agricultural development, food security and climate change.