Speaking to Climate Change TV at the recent COP21 Climate Conference, CABI’s Dr Janny Vos stressed the impact of climate change on agriculture, especially for the world’s 500 million smallholder farmers. She focused on the balance that must be found to help smallholders become climate smart farmers while, at the same time, being able to grow enough produce to support their livelihoods.
As temperatures increase, farmers face challenges from unfamiliar pests and diseases which can decrease yields and even destroy entire crops. Dr Vos discussed how Plantwise can use data from plant clinics in one country to provide diagnostic information and management recommendations to farmers in other countries, who may not be familiar with the threat.
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