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Climate change is expected to have a serious impact on Asia's wheat and maize production as early as the 2020s – with a potentially devastating effect on food security, a report warns.
Published by UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, the report – ‘Food Security: Near future projections of the impact of drought in
The report averaged the projections from 12 global 'state-of-the-science' climate models and found that, compared with the 1990–2005 period, the 2020s will witness increasingly severe droughts across much of
This is already a concern in many parts of
"We predict that their wheat and maize harvests will be strongly affected by droughts, unless states and communities can quickly adapt their agricultural practices."
The report recommends a series of policy measures to implement over the coming decade, including: immediate action to improve water resource management; the adaptation of farming practices, such as alternating planting dates; and more efficient use of fertilizers and pesticides.