The future for farmers in a warmer world


On a global scale, this was the warmest month of May on record, with temperatures of 0.6 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average.

A key trend this springtime is that it has been much drier than average across large parts of Europe.
The dry weather in Europe will have an impact on farming because of more frequent and longer droughts, meaning a huge drop in the production of forage.

Scarcity of water, rising temperatures, and an increasing lack of certainty are issues many farmers face now. Meanwhile they have to keep producing food, and respond to pressure to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions.

Many agriculture sectors are working to adapt to the risks, but it’s probably not enough, according to scientist Patrick Bertuzzi from INRAE, the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Depending on the evolution of climate change, and in particular if we stay on a business as usual scenario, meaning we don’t do anything to limit emissions, then eventually by 2070-2100 we’ll have a complete change in the agricultural system.