With climatic uncertainty and extremes projected to increase in the future, agriculture and food production are more vulnerable than ever. This instability puts livelihoods, farmers' incomes and ecosystems at risk. It is estimated that by 2050:
The International Organization for Migration expects the scale of global migration flows to increase as a result of accelerating climate change with unprecedented impacts on lives and livelihoods. There are some 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; more than 2 billion people depend on them for their livelihoods. These small farms produce about 80% of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Diversification is one way to give farmers more options in times of need. With access to a diversity of crops and varieties, farmers are more likely to cope with the effects of climate change. But farmers do not always have the information or planting material to choose what diversity best suits their conditions.
Seeds for Needs has the answer.