The report, which was launched at the Cancun Climate Change Conference, features 15 food security scenarios through 2050 that examine potential population and income growth, alongside climate change scenarios.
1 December 2010: At a side event held during the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released a report titled “Food security, farming, and climate change to 2050,” which examines scenarios, results and policy options to promote sustainable food production in an era of climate change.
The report features 15 food security scenarios through 2050 that examine potential population and income growth, alongside climate change scenarios. They examine the case of South Asia’s response to potential drought. The report suggests that the negative impacts of climate change on food security could be mitigated by improved agricultural productivity, broad economic growth and robust international trade to counter regional food shortages. The report notes poor biophysical and social data to help improve models, but also highlights initiatives underway to address these shortfalls. The report further underscores the need to improve satellite observation data. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [IFPRI Publication on Food Security and Farming]