Deltas in practise 5: Food security and the rural landscape
Deltas provide huge potential for food production with their fertile soils and flat lands. Unusual weather patterns create challenges for agricultural production systems. For example, food security might become more at risk when fresh water supplies are threatened by salt intrusion caused by rising sea levels and more prolonged droughts. Livestock mortality might increase due to other climatic conditions. Rural areas also provide services to the community, such as natural flood defences, water buffering and carbon storage, that can relieve the pressure of climate change. However, human interventions and climate change itself threaten these so called ecosystem services. This theme illustrates strategies and practical adaptation measures that keep deltas at the forefront of food production. The ultimate question is how adaptation fosters food production and ecosystem service may change the rural landscape and economic relations.
Towards a Climate Adaptive Integrated Approach of the Food Chain
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