As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit Approaches, here’s how IFPRI is addressing climate change

First in a series of blog posts exploring IFPRI’s work on climate change and its implications for food systems, land use, gender, and other issues in the runup to the the UN Climate Action Summit.  

On Sept. 23, the UN Climate Action Summit will convene representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities, and international organizations to re-establish global commitments to combat climate change.

The challenge of meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goal of keeping global average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is formidable, and the consequences of flagging efforts could be dire: At a time when global hunger and food insecurity are on the rise, agriculture and food systems face mounting climate impacts that threaten their capacity to feed a growing population.

Meeting these challenges requires a full understanding of those impacts, and the most effective means for mitigation and adaptation.

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