Climate-smart agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture can potentially conserve forests, but there is a risk that higher yields could promote agricultural expansion into forests.

Across the world, food systems are being confronted with the reality of climate change through sudden effects such as extreme weather events, financial market crashes, disease outbreaks and trade wars, and through gradual changes such as sea-level rise.

Through techniques like mulching, intercropping, agroforestry and better water management, along with better weather forecasting, climate-smart agriculture aims to increase food security and farm incomes, lower agricultural emissions and build resilience to climate stress and shocks.

CIFOR is researching ways to promote win-win outcomes for climate-smart agriculture and forests, to strengthen both our food systems and forest landscapes in the face of climate change.

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