Impact of Climate Change on Food Security and Biosecurity of Crop Production System

Climate change is impacting on food security and biosecurity in the Pacific region by degradation of
food production areas (sea level rise, salinity, drought), devastation caused by extreme weather
events (cyclones, flooding) and impacts on recovery time such as replacement of lost crop
germplasm and the need to import food substitutes. The aim of this project was to identify the key
impacts of climate change on the unique cropping systems in four small Pacific nations (Tonga,
Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu). Information was collected by the development of a questionnaire
which was completed by Senior Agricultural Administrators, Biosecurity/Quarantine scientists,
agricultural research and extension officers and farmers. Personal interviews, field trips and
information sessions were also held in each country.

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