Recalibrating food production in the developing world: global warming will change more than just the climate
The policy brief, titled "Recalibrating food production in the developing world: global warming will challenge more than just the climate," notes that climate impacts are more complex than simply heat and water tolerance for plants, and that there are feedback cycles in how natural resource are managed and their resilience to climate change. It highlights that durable crops might cope with warm weather but may not resist the insects and diseases whose prevalence will increase. The brief describes changes that will face common staples like wheat, maize and corn, and impacts on livestock and fisheries. It further notes that trees will continue to be valued as a provider of agricultural commodities like nuts and fruit; both as a mitigating resource that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and as a staple of adaptation.