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Managing climatic risks to combat land degradation and enhance food security: Key information needs


Aggerwal, PK and Baethgen, WE and Cooper, P and Gommes, R and Lee, B and Meinke, HB and Rathore, LS and Sivakumar, MVK, Managing climatic risks to combat land degradation and enhance food security: Key information needs, Procedia Environmental Sciences 1, 31 August-04 September 2009, Geneva, pp. 305-312. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2010.09.019


This paper discusses the key information needs to reduce the negative impacts of weather variability and climate change on land degradation and food security, and identifies the opportunities and barriers between the information and services needed. It suggests that vulnerability assessments based on a livelihood concept that includes climate information and key socio-economic variables can overcome the narrow focus of common one-dimensional vulnerability studies. Both current and future climatic risks can be managed better if there is appropriate policy and institutional support together with technological interventions to address the complexities of multiple risks that agriculture has to face. This would require effective partnerships among agencies dealing with meteorological and hydrological services, agricultural research, land degradation and food security issues. In addition a state-of-the-art infrastructure to measure, record, store and disseminate data on weather variables, and access to weather and seasonal climate forecasts at desired spatial and temporal scales would be needed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Sustainable agricultural development
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Meinke, HB (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:71523
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-07-21
Last Modified:2012-03-21

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