The contribution of integrated croplivestock systems in combatting climate change and improving resilience in agricultural production to achieve food security

Mark van Wijk, James Hammond, J. Wichern, Randall Ritzema, Ben Henderson

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates through a contrasting set of examples how current crop–livestock systems contribute to the food security and diverse diets of smallholder livelihoods. It also highlights how farmers use these systems to cope with a variable climate. The chapter provides a short overview of analyses and approaches focusing on climate change and mixed crop–livestock systems in recent scientific literature. It also presents analyses that quantify how in crop–livestock systems food security and dietary diversity are being shaped. The chapter then reviews analyses of short-term climate variability coping strategies that farmers currently apply in mixed crop–livestock systems, as well as highlighting adaptation options to climate change in mixed farming systems. It concludes by consolidating these findings to provide a review of the resilience of mixed crop–livestock systems in the face of existing and future climate variability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate change and agriculture
EditorsDelphine Deryng
PublisherBurleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited
Chapter9
ISBN (Print)9781786763204
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020

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