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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2022 Working Group II report1 raises the bar in giving considerably more attention than previous reports to health, nutrition and migration; indigenous knowledge; gender and other social inequalities; maladaptation; and non-crop systems and the mixed systems — those with combinations of crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries — that support the livelihoods of many rural people, particularly in lower- and middle-income countries2. Adaptation technologies and practices exist, but information on their suitability and performance in different contexts is patchy. On-farm options are insufficient to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 on zero hunger, with climate-change impacts interacting with other non-climatic drivers of food and nutritional insecurity. Current adaptation options will be unable to deal with an increase of 2 °C in global temperature. Without transformation at scale, the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change will simply not be met3. Here we suggest five ways in which we can raise our collective ambition for food system adaptation.
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Bruce M. Campbell & Philip K. Thornton
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