Collected Specialist Publication - Climate Change and Agriculture
by Lea Siebert
The link between agriculture and climate change is well documented. The agricultural sector affects climate change in two ways: In addition to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production and land-use change, it can actively contribute to carbon sequestration and hence, enhance greenhouse gas (GHG) sinks. Besides its contribution, agriculture is also the sector which is most directly affected by climate change impacts. In recognition of this interdependence, the respective German and Chinese ministries are tackling the issues through joint project activities. One of them was the subproject on Climate Change and Agriculture, which brought together renowned experts from both countries. One result of their collaboration is the following publication.
In order to cover the broad range of topics related to climate change and agriculture, this study consists of selected articles. It introduces the current climate policy in China and Germany and provides information on the development of GHG emissions and the most important political measures taken. Furthermore, research findings with a focus on mitigation of GHG in livestock production are presented, focusing on nitrogen use efficiency in livestock production and options for improvement. Climate change impacts on crop production in Europe and its projected future impacts are presented and adaptation and mitigation measures through plant breeding are assessed. Current global developments and their impacts on GHG emissions are covered by comparing emissions from pork production and feed imports in China and the European Union, highlighting the impacts of recent trade disruptions and African swine fever on trade flows of pig feed, pork and related emissions.
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The expert team of the climate component in 2019
(c) Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie
Field research in Shandon Province