Message 1: Now is the time to act. Farmers are experiencing the impacts of climate change and they need action from policymakers, NGOs, politicians and businesses if they are to adapt and to mitigate.
Quotes from news articles, or editorials and opinion pieces written by influencers (academics, politicians, journalists, leaders), about the climate change/agriculture interface for message 1.
“The knowledge that used to be valuable in predicting the best times to plant and the time to harvest can no longer be applied and the ability to predict this natural cycle is being disrupted, so subsistence farmers are suffering very harsh impact.”
Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the USA (Source)
“We know the population will grow and incomes will increase, but also that temperatures will rise and rainfall patterns will change. We must prepare today for higher temperatures in all sectors.”
Gerald Nelson, IFPRI (Source)
“Climate change impacts will disproportionately fall on people living in tropical regions, particularly on the most vulnerable and marginalised population groups. This is the injustice of climate change – the worst of the impacts are felt by those who contributed least to causing the problem.”
Mary Robinson, founder Mary Robinson foundation (Source)
“Although some people like to think that the effects of climate change are still decades away, extreme weather events associated with the changing climate are already having an impact on global food production and the world’s ability to feed itself.”
Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO (Source)
“It’s not a question of if there’ll be another crop failure because of insufficient rainfall, it’s when. Our responsibility is to ensure that we address the resilience-building needs of the most vulnerable, the poor who are those who are always the most critically impacted whenever shocks occur.”
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) (Source)