COP18: Farmers must be armed with best climate information



Gerald C. Nelson , Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI

From Qatar: COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012 in December 2012

COP18 (30/11/12) – Gerald C. Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) explains how shifts in agricultural behaviour can produce better yields for the climate and the farmer.

While he acknowledges that farmers, like most people, will judge anything new with a degree of scepticism, he also says that if the change makes sense they’ll adopt it in a heartbeat.

The challenge is to get the best information to farmers so that they can make the best decisions both to protect their livelihood from the effects of climate change as well as to reduce their own emissions.