According to a Wednesday report by the World Bank and IFPRI, governments can encourage climate-smart agriculture and increase agricultural productivity. This would also lead to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The report advocates a “repurposing” of agriculture policies and subsidies.
“Agricultural policies and public support programs are ripe for change,” said Martien van Nieuwkoop, director of the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food Global Practice. “Policymakers are well placed to scrutinize and rethink current policies and programs to better benefit farmers, increase food security, build resilience in the face of climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
According to the World Bank the best repurposing is possible through government incentives and investment in technologies that reduce emission and increase productivity. This will allow for a greater supply of food and meet growing global demand. “These technologies include feed supplements that reduce livestock emissions while increasing productivity, and rice production systems that use less water and produce less methane — without compromising farmers’ incomes and yields,” said a World Bank release.
The report stated that the recommended changes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40%. 105 million hectares could be restored to their natural habitats and the cost of healthy food would be lower. The initiative would provide assistance to low-income and middle-income countries so that they could review their policies and prioritize green investment.
The report, “Repurposing Agricultural Policies and Support,” is available here.
Source: Successful Farming