How to break the vicious cycle of food security
and climate change?
Rice is a staple food for 60% of the world’s population and demand is growing. 1,5 billion people depend on rice production for their income and most rice farmers are smallholders earning less than 3 dollars a day.
Rice farmers crop yields are in decline as they face the challenges of climate change: increasing temperatures, droughts, less predictable rainfall and sea-level rise. 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture with nitrogen fertilisers and poorly managed biomass making a significant contribution.
One third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at a rate of 24 billion tonnes per year due to intensive agriculture. Degraded soils increase the risk of floods and desertification and further threaten smallholders livelihoods.