As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world (FAO release) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

FAO, 17 September 2018.

Open, predictable and fair global food markets can help strengthen climate change response efforts and contribute to fighting hunger, says the new FAO report released on 17 September 2018.

International trade rules established under the auspices of the WTO and newer mechanisms created under the Paris Agreement aimed at responding to climate change can be mutually supportive, argues The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets, 2018. To achieve this, national agricultural and trade policies may need to be readjusted to help transform the global marketplace into a pillar of food security and a tool for climate change adaptation, FAO's report says.

This is because climate change will affect global agriculture unevenly, improving production conditions in some places while negatively affecting others - creating sets of "winners" and "losers" along the way.

Food production in countries in low latitudes -- many already suffering from poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition -- will be hardest hit, the report notes. Regions with temperate climates, on the other hand, could see positive impacts as warmer weather lifts agricultural output.