Time to grow out of climate change
Climate change is already hitting farmers hard. And left unchecked, it will devastate our ability to grow.
Rising temperatures will cause crop yields to fall – possibly to half of their current levels in some African countries. And changes in seasons will make it even harder for farmers to know when to sow, cultivate and harvest – and ultimately to grow enough to eat and earn a living.
As temperatures rise, heat waves, droughts and floods will also get worse and happen more often – potentially wiping out harvests and destroying people's lives for years afterwards.
And farming isn't only affected by climate change – it causes it too. Agriculture is responsible for around almost a third of all greenhouse gas emissions.
It's time to grow out of climate change.
The way to grow
Governments have dragged their feet for too long.
We need a fair global agreement that will keep global warming below 2 degrees and avoid catastrophic climate change. Nothing else is good enough.
It's time to help poor communities adapt to the changes that are already happening, by agreeing exactly where the money promised at the 2009 Copenhagen UN climate summit will come from.
And it's time to invest in small-scale farming in developing countries and in green, clean energy.
For our world to grow together, it's time to get climate change under control.
Oxfam's research on climate change