"Business as usual not an option" for farmers

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A farmer in Tanzania uses hay to help mulch and prevent soil erosion. Photo: FAO/Marco Longari

"Business as usual is not an option" for farmers across the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Changes to the climate are directly affecting the productivity and livelihoods of farmers, especially in developing countries and the UN food agency is warning that up to 120 million could fall into poverty if they fail to adapt to the new conditions.

On Monday, the international community is meeting in Marrakesh, in Morocco at the COP22 conference to discuss action to achieve the commitments of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Rob Vos is Director of Agriculture Development Economics at FAO.

Daniel Dickinson asked him why agriculture is so central to the climate change debate.

Duration: 4'25"

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