Adaptation of agriculture to climate change: A scoping review

October 06, 2023 | Climate |

In a collaborative effort between Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (HU), Germany, and the Far Eastern Branch Russian Academy of Sciences (ICARP FEB RAS), Russia, this study delves into the intricate challenges posed by climate change on a global scale, with a particular focus on its profound implications for agricultural practices. The research, based on a comprehensive review of 65 relevant studies, meticulously explores proposed strategies and interventions aimed at mitigating the extensive impact of climate change on agricultural development and production. The study reveals a range of adverse consequences, such as diminished crop yields, economic losses, heightened labor demands, and increased equipment costs. From local to national levels, the outlined adaptation strategies recognize the nuanced and context-specific nature of effective measures. Significantly, the research underscores the importance of embracing biodiversity-based and climate-smart agricultural approaches, characterized by low environmental impact and a focus on ecologically sustainable modernization. Advocating against one-size-fits-all solutions, the study emphasizes the need for tailored adaptations that consider the unique challenges faced by regions most affected by climate change, especially those with limited resources. Additionally, it suggests that future research should delve into farmers' readiness to adopt new strategies, the obstacles they encounter, and the determining factors influencing their decision-making processes to preemptively address potential maladaptations.

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