Ongoing investments in agriculture will not deliver for Africa until the
destabilising nature of crop pests events, especially shock outbreak
events, are addressed. As a result of climate change, the prevalence of
crop pests will change and the frequency of shock pest events will
increase, putting agricultural systems at risk. The granularity of these
changes, in terms of choices by farmers, cropping systems and markets,
presents a critical challenge.
Submission to UNFCCC SBSTA 42 on issues related to agriculture in
response to SBSTA decision FCC/SBSTA/2014/L.14.
This submission was prepared by Julian Smith, Food and Environment
Research Agency, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org), with support from
the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food
Security (CCAFS). The submission has received inputs from CGIAR centers
and partners including, Jurgen Kroschel at the International Potato
Center (CIP), and Todd Rosenstock at the World Agroforestry Centre
CIAT-CCAFS. Crops, crop pests and climate change &#8211; why Africa needs to be better prepared. CIAT-CCAFS, Copenhagen, Denmark (2015) 13 pp.