Canadian farm production likely to increase under climate change: FAO

A new United Nations’ report suggests just how climate change will reshape agriculture by 2050.

It says international trade will play an ever larger role in helping to feed people in food-deficit regions as warmer temperatures and less precipitation will damage yields in many tropical areas.

Temperate areas, such as Canada and the United States, are likely to see increases in agricultural production over that time.

That situation is likely to widen the food-supply gap between developed countries and developing nations, the report states.

The report called The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, said international trade will play a pivotal role in moving food from areas of surplus to regions where of shortages.

It says low-altitude areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America are likely to come out losers in terms of the impact of climate change on agricultural production.

It said yields by 2050 in West Africa could fall as much as 2.9 per cent and by as much as 2.6 per cent in India.

Canada could see agricultural production increase 2.5 percent by 2050 and Russian agricultural production could rise 0.9 percent, the report says. Canada could also see its net agricultural exports increase 21.9 percent, based on the FAO’s modelling.

The report also says that by 2050, agriculture on a global scale will have to find a way to increase production by 50 percent while also reducing greenhouse gases.

It suggested subsidies and policies that promote adoption of climate-friendly technologies and practices, as well as hedging tools to guard against extreme weather events.

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  • Monkeeworks

    I see the UN has finally finished trying to tell people what is going to happen with the climate as they have yet to be correct on any of their climate change predictions. Now they are throwing in MAY, MIGHT, MAYBE, LIKELY, with their climate scare media release tactics. Their biggest and constant climate problem is the Arctic sea ice. It just refuses to melt as they predicted it would. Why do so many people still believe what the UN says about our climate when they are wrong over 90% of the time, over the last 20 plus years? The UN has been caught changing data to show they are predicting accurately, refuse to accept any climate change data from scientists that have data in contradiction to the UN agenda. What happened to the UN warning South Africa would run out of water a few months ago? Nothing. It rained and refilled all their reservoirs to over flowing.

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