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Food production and climate change in Pacific Islands Countries and Territories

Wairiu, Morgan and Iese, Viliamu and Lal, Murari (2011) Food production and climate change in Pacific Islands Countries and Territories. Journal of South Pacific Agriculture, 15 (1-2). pp. 110-121. ISSN 1018-7774

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This paper is a review of climate change trends and projections for the Pacific region and discusses the implications of climate change for food production. Observed climatic data and climate trends and projections for the Pacific region are presented and their current impact on food production and implications for the future are discussed. The climate of the Pacific region is changing and people are now experiencing increase in intensity or severity of extreme events like cyclones, storm surges, floods and droughts. These extreme events are causing substantial damage to agriculture and fisheries and associated infrastructure with negative impact on food production. Although effects of increasing temperature, changing rainfall patterns, sea level rise, salt water intrusion, and acidification are less immediate, food production is also under stress from these climatic factors but it remains difficult to predict the likely outcomes with certainty because of limited empirical data for the Pacific region

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 02:11
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 02:11

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