A new report from the Farm Journal Foundation finds that increased U.S. investments in agricultural development and innovation are needed to make global food systems more resilient. While climate change impacts agriculture worldwide, its effects are “substantially more severe” in warm regions, including Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The report says that as much as 80 percent of the world’s poor people, who predominantly work in agriculture, live in areas increasingly affected by climate change. The new report follows the United Nations’ COP27 conference earlier this month, where leaders discussed the impact of climate change on the global food system and solutions to make agriculture more resilient.
The report says investing in agricultural sustainability in developing countries is in the U.S. national interest, as it would prevent future food crises, reduce the need for emergency food aid, support stability in developing countries, and potentially reduce mass migration and civil unrest.