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Many temperate crops require winter chilling to initiate flowering or fruit ripening, and orchards may need to shift to colder areas. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: how climate change will affect food production and security

New Zealand is a net exporter of many fruit and vegetables. While climate-change induced food shortages are not an imminent risk, some crops may be affected by rising temperatures and extreme weather.
The fertile, mountainous terrain of Colombia’s coffee-producing central region is vulnerable to climate change impacts such as stronger storms and hotter temperatures. Eddy Milfort/flickr

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

Colombia's coffee industry is at risk due to unpredictable seasons, floods, landslides, droughts and pests. Farmers say they want to learn to adapt to these environmental changes but don't know how.
A man walks through a greenhouse in October 2017 at a learning centre in Uganda where sustainable agriculture techniques, such as drought-resistant crops and tree planting, are taught. (AP Photo/Adelle Kalakouti)

Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa’s sustainable food future

At present on the African continent, the politics of persuasion are especially consequential in the area of agri-food research and development.
More carbon stays in the soil when farmers leave their fields alone between harvesting and planting. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

How carbon farming can help solve climate change

The Paris climate agreement aims to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. We need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we can also make gains with carbon farming.
In semi-arid areas, climate information that is tailored to farmers’ needs can reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Lucia Scodanibbio

Lessons from semi-arid regions on how to adapt to climate change

Building on local experience and having access to current and expected climate trends is crucial to adapting to climate change for farmers in semi-arid regions.
South Australia’s McLaren Vale is leading the way in adapting to climate change, but the future for vineyards is still uncertain. AAP Image/Ben Macmahon

Message in a bottle: the wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change

The wine industry is sensitive to climate change, but grape growers also have the funding and knowledge to put themselves at the forefront of climate adaptation. Other farmers should watch with interest.

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