A study has mapped global “hotspots” where climate-induced food insecurity is most likely to happen in the future, and it includes India. The study, ‘Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics’, was produced by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
The work was undertaken by a team of scientists responding to an urgent need to focus climate change adaptation efforts on people and places where the potential for harsher growing conditions poses the gravest threat to food production and food security. The researchers pinpointed areas of intense vulnerability by examining a variety of climate models and indicators of food problems to create a series of detailed maps.
One shows regions around the world at risk of crossing certain “climate thresholds”-such as temperatures too hot for maize or beans-that over the next 40 years could diminish food production.
Another shows regions that may be sensitive to such climate shifts because in general they have large areas of land devoted to crop and livestock production. And finally, scientists produced maps of regions with a long history of food insecurity.
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