According to the United Nations, the global farming community should take up the responsibility of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The Food and Agricultural Organization released a report in which agriculture was blamed for a fifth of all the emissions. The report suggests that this ought to be reduced.
In 2015, Nations adopted the UN goal of putting a stop to hunger by 2030.
According to an explanation by Rob Voss, director of FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics division said that the rate at which the climate is changing is fast and so should agriculture.
He was quoted saying that “We are saying that because agriculture is already very affected by the impacts of climate change, particularly the countries in the tropical zones.
“Also, agriculture is contributing itself to about one fifth of the global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases,” Mr Voss, who headed the team that produced the FAO State of Food & Agriculture 2016 report, added.
“If we continue along the present pathways then we will not be able to [deliver] food security around the world and we will not be able to stabilize the climate.”
Make big changes in the agricultural sector
Due to the developing circumstances, he said that the sector has to make significant changes.
Agriculture itself is a problem. The moment we start to shovel the ground, it means we are set to start to emit greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Considering that this affects water and land quality, changes in climate have a direct impact on us.
That calls for the need to find various alternatives for shifting the focus on more sustainable footing.
With the available technologies, there are usually hurdles that make it hard to do things differently. The biggest impact is usually on the small scale farmers.
Some of the options to take include urbanization, changes in methods farmers use to produce goods, access to water and understanding on how we can shift to novel farming methods.
Considering that climate change affects food security from any given direction, then we must all unite to fight it.