Climate Change and Variability: What are the Risks for Nutrition, Diets, and Food Systems?

128 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2017

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Jessica Fanzo

Johns Hopkins University

Rebecca McLaren

Johns Hopkins University

Claire Davis

Johns Hopkins University

Jowel Choufani

International Food Policy Research Institute

Date Written: May 26, 2017

Abstract

The paper uses a food systems approach to analyze the bidirectional relationships between climate change and food and nutrition along the entire food value chain. It then identifies adaptation and mitigation interventions for each step of the food value chain to move toward a more climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive food system. The study focuses on poor rural farmers, a population especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change on nutrition, although we recognize that there are other vulnerable populations, including urban poor and rural populations working outside of agriculture. Although this report does not explicitly exclude overweight and obesity, it focuses primarily on undernutrition because this nutritional status is currently more prevalent than overnutrition among our target population.

Keywords: nutrition, climate change, food security, diets, food systems, adaptation, mitigation, food value chain

Suggested Citation

Fanzo, Jessica and McLaren, Rebecca and Davis, Claire and Choufani, Jowel, Climate Change and Variability: What are the Risks for Nutrition, Diets, and Food Systems? (May 26, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1645, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029325

Jessica Fanzo (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

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Rebecca McLaren

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

Baltimore, MD 20036-1984
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Claire Davis

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

Baltimore, MD 20036-1984
United States

Jowel Choufani

International Food Policy Research Institute ( email )

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Washington, DC 20006
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