Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-703) 98 pp

June 1995

World Agriculture and Climate Change: Economic Adaptations

Recent studies suggest that possible global increases in temperature and changes in precipitation patterns during the next century will affect world agriculture. Because of the ability of farmers to adapt , however, these changes are not likely to imperil world food production. Nevertheless, world production of all goods and services may decline, if climate change is severe enough or if cropland expansion is hindered. Impacts are not equally distributed around the world.

Keywords: Climate change, world agriculture, global change, crop production, livestock production, regional economics, land use, water use, modeling, computable general equilibrium

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