Climate Change and World Food Security

  • Thomas E. Downing

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas E. Downing, Robert S. Chen, Robert W. Kates, Martin L. Parry
      Pages 3-19
  3. Trends in Agriculture and Food Security

    1. Robert S. Chen, Robert W. Kates
      Pages 23-51
    2. Pierre Crosson, Jock R. Anderson
      Pages 53-73
  4. Risk and Global Impacts of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems

    1. Güunther Fischer, Klaus Frohberg, Martin L. Parry, Cynthia Rosenzweig
      Pages 115-159
    2. John Reilly, Neil Hohmann, Sally Kane
      Pages 161-180
  5. Vulnerability and Multiple Threats to Sustainable Agriculture

  6. Local Impacts and Responses to Global Change

  7. Strategies to Limit Climate Change and Improve Food Security

    1. Norman J. Rosenberg, Michael J. Scott
      Pages 551-587
    2. William H. Bender
      Pages 589-610
    3. Vernon W. Ruttan, David E. Bell, William C. Clark
      Pages 625-649
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 651-665

About these proceedings


In the last half decade since sustainable development became a serious objective, what have we achieved? Are livelihoods more secure? Are nations wealthier and more resilient? Is environmental quality being restored or maintained? These are essential questions of development. Their answers are many, varied between communities and regions, even between individuals. Two years ago, in the aftermath of the Earth Summit and ratification of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, but before the first Conference of Parties, I participated in a panel at the inaugural Oxford Environment Conference on Climate Change and World Food Security. The panel vigorously reviewed issues of resilient development and food security. This book is a product of the Oxford Environment Conference. It takes the essential questions of sustainability as a starting point to focus on present food security and its future prospects in the face of climate change. Why is this book important? First, I believe our goals to end hunger are under threat. We know what to do in many respects, but fail to generate the finances and political will to change the structures that thrive on poverty. Second, I believe concern about the environment has become dangerously separated from the fundamental issues of human deprivation. Third, I believe climate change is a serious threat and I am dismayed at the way nations dither over how to control greenhouse gas emissions and mechanisms to meet the challenge of adverse climate impacts.


Climate Change Klimaveränderung Landwirtschaft Nahrungsmittel, Sicherung der agriculture food security nachhaltige Entwicklung sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas E. Downing
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Change UnitUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64687-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61086-8
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