Climate change and extreme weather events are already affecting agricultural production and threatening food security in tropical and temperate regions. The hardest hit are the rural poor, who mostly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Agriculture contributes almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, so the sector has a major role to play in responding to climate change. There is great potential to make significant contributions through reductions in emissions and sequestration of greenhouse gases.
For more than 35 years, ACIAR has brokered partnerships between researchers from Australia and the developing world to generate the knowledge and technologies needed to build healthier, more prosperous and resilient communities.
Two-thirds of ACIAR projects are climate-related. The organisation is well-positioned to support countries to confront the global challenge of adapting to a changing climate, while at the same time reducing emissions from agriculture.