Managing Climatic Risks to Combat Land Degradation and Enhance Food security: Key Information Needs

P.K. Aggarwal, W.E. Baethegan, P. Cooper, R. Gommes, B. Lee, H.B. Meinke, L.S. Rathore, M.V.K. Sivakumar

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Climate Conference -3. 31 Aug. - 04 Sept. 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
EditorsM.V.K. Sivakumar, B.S. Nyenzi, A. Tyagi
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventWorld Climate Conference-3, Geneva, Switzerland -
Duration: 31 Aug 20094 Sep 2009


ConferenceWorld Climate Conference-3, Geneva, Switzerland

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