Plantations International News

By Fred Snijders, Senior Natural Resources Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization.

09 - 10 March 2014, Barangay Can-Abay, Municipality of Basay, Samar Island, Visayas Region, Philippines - The FAO Director-General Jose' Graziano da Silva visited Tacloban and surrounding areas four months after typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the central Philippines. Interacting with FAO supported small-scale fishers and farmers over lunch, he visited their rice fields, and was accompanied by Proceso Alcala, the Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. To date, with generous support from Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, FAO has delivered critical rice seed packages to around 44 000 affected farmers in time for the December/January planting season. More than 1,800 tonnes of certified quality rice seed are being delivered along with fertilizer and farming tools. By March/April 2014 this should yield enough to feed around 800 000 people for a year, worth USD 84 million in rice. Photo credit must be given: ©FAO photo. Editorial use only. Copyright ©FAO/James Belgrave For more information on FAO's response to typhoon Haiyan please visit:

FAO reported in its magazine “State of Food Instability on the planet 2015” last June that the variety of starving individuals has gone down to 12.9 %. This is definitely great information, however at the same time, the downright numbers are still staggering; 795 million individuals are still starving today and also if environment action isn’t achieved this number will enhance.

Undernourishment is among the indications to evaluate food protection; a concept that has several dimensions. It includes food accessibility, manufacturing, access to food, utilization and, very importantly, security. Environment adjustment and also its connected influences are likely to influence all dimensions of food safety and security in different levels, additionally complexing susceptible situations all around the globe.

12 July 2005, Guatemala - Market scene.We at FAO have actually been repairing assisting nations to deal with the effects of environment adjustment for many years. Our job is to assist nations attain food home security also under the uncertainties of climate change. Because the farming industries (smallholder plant production, livestock, forests and also fisheries) are especially exposed to the irregularity of environment, we have to assist in making them resilient. There are several means to attain resistant and effective food systems.

Amongst the numerous paths readily available, FAO proposes a Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) approach to assist overview activities to change and reorient agricultural systems to effectively and sustainably support property development as well as food protection under an altering environment.

It is based on 3 pillars: (1) Increase, in a lasting fashion, productivity and also revenue growth in farming; (2) Assistance adaptation across the agricultural sectors to expected climatic modifications as well as develop durability; and also (3) Minimize, where feasible, the greenhouse gas exhaust intensity of production systems.

For those that are assuming that CSA is the same as lasting agriculture, not rather. The CSA approach constructs upon the ideas, technologies and also encounter of sustainable farming. The distinction is that it concentrates on integrating the impacts of unparalleled environment adjustment.

The world populace is still boosting, also though the yearly rate of growth is reducing. As there are a lot more mouths to feed, the amounts and diversities of individuals’s diet regimens are changing. International per capita food intake is projected to enhance from around 2700kcal/day to even more compared to 3000kcal/day by 2050. The world is consuming an increasing number of animal products. International fish manufacturing has actually been additionally on the rise for the last 50 years; with aquaculture giving the bulk of the rise in the last 20 years.

The quantity of cultivable land in usage per individual has actually been gradually reducing; globally it was lowered by half from the 1960’s to now. Despite the conditions, agriculture had the ability to generate an increasing number of, just how was that possible? The answer is the significant and steady rise in yields that has been accomplished via the so called green change. But it is likewise clear that there are limitations to exactly what could be attained, the annual growth prices of, for example, world cereal production as well as returns are progressively decreasing.This increase has come with a cost. A number of the farming techniques have actually placed increasingly more stress on the organic resources and also ecological community solutions. We are slowly getting to a moment of truth. We are confronted with the demand to grow much more with less and also in a lasting style.

This highlights the relevance of the second column of CSA: assistance adaptation across the farming markets to anticipated climatic modifications as well as create durability. Adaptation is important to protect future food protection. There are many examples on exactly how far better methods and also much better plans can help farmers, foresters and also fisher folks adjust. Agroforestry, plant diversity, preservation farming, improved administration techniques, climate services, as well as availability of salt- or dry spell tolerant crop selections are merely a few of them.

In lots of celebrations such practices come with considerable advantages consisting of reduction of discharges which brings us to the third pillar of CSA: minimize, where possible, the greenhouse gas discharge strength of manufacturing systems.

There are ample opportunities to decrease the emission strength of farming systems, without reducing productivity. At times maybe even boosted. Trick action indicate accomplish this boost are to up resource use performance as well as boosted management. This will certainly result in a combined reduction of exhaust intensity with efficiency rise.

However presenting far better, more climate-smart production system does not take place automatically. Farmers, fisher’s people and also foresters require support! This consists of knowledge of alternate or enhanced production systems and also management alternatives; neighborhood assistance organizations or systems (expansion solutions, cooperatives, etc.); availability of more durable selections (requirement for research as well as advancement); access to sources, both for men as well as women: inputs, land, financing/investment; and an allowing plan atmosphere.

To bring around good adjustment, there is a have to produce an allowing setting. For this to happen, four essential concepts are required:

  • Make political will right into implementation/policies, investments, legal frameworks.
  • Hone the emphasis of policies and also programmes for climate adjustment on food safety and security.
  • Raise the base of proof for policy-making.
  • Entail all stakeholders in decision-making.

Food safety can not wait as well as neither can definitive activity on environment adjustment.

Plantations International