The big issue here - how to move results from research centers to national and local levels in sustainable ways - remains a conundrum. Is it mot easier just to stay in one's specialist box?
"Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture - published today by a group of leading international experts in climate change and agriculture – asks why agricultural solutions are not a higher political priority in the international climate change debate. The authors argue that many of the solutions are available now but increased investment and urgent action are needed to bring food security to people in the world’s dry areas.
Many of the solutions to climate change in the dry areas are known, say the report’s authors. These approaches have been produced by agricultural research centers over the past four decades. They range from water and land management practices, to improved crop varieties, and strategies for diversifying traditional crops. Solutions also include bringing crops and livestock into the mix for improved nutrition, farmer income, and a means of hedging against unpredictable climate shifts that can reduce crop yields.