Smallholder food producers in the developing world are most at risk of global warming. A World Bank report, Turn down the heat, released 19 Jun 2013, says Africa and Asia, home to most of the world’s poorest of the poor, will bear the brunt of widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat waves and more intense cyclones if business continues as usual.
Can, and should, smallholders help reduce global warming? Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, a bio-geo-chemist working as a joint appointment with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya, and the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research in Germany, is exploring options for win-win solutions that help mitigate climate change while increasing food security.
In a project called ‘Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potentials and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems’ (SAMPLES), Butterbach-Bahl and his colleagues from the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre, the International Rice Research Institute, ILRI and other…
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