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Establishing seeds as the key element in climate-smart responses to food security

The effects of climate change are highly visible around the world, and examples illustrating the challenges faced by regions abound. The Pacific is no exception – a particularly vulnerable region when it concerns the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten the existence of many small island developing states (SIDS) and in particular, low lying atolls; land productivity is on the decline due to processes of accelerated erosion and poor governance, while the incidence of pests and diseases is markedly on the increase. To make things worse, farmers often do not have timely access to the right planting materials, and move to urban areas to pursue other non-agricultural livelihoods.

In an era of globalisation, it is important to contextualise these challenges, with the constraints faced in the Pacific having potential influences on other regions, and vice versa. We must refrain from thinking of the Pacific as an isolated region, and draw parallels from the experiences of farmers in the Pacific, to those in other regions where climate change continues to threaten people’s food security.

The World Bank Photo Group

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