As agriculture around the world has been challenged to meet the growing need for food accompanied by the competition for arable land that has been generated by expanding human populations, it has relied upon a large and complex cadre of scientific researchers, communicators, and technical advisors from both the public and private sectors. The experience in agricultural technology transfer is therefore both wide and deep, providing a useful basis upon which to build an expanded capacity to meet climate change-related challenges.
Drawing from the extensive research and experience of agricultural advisors, this chapter seeks to provide insight into the potential for improved or accelerated technology transfer to help agriculture meet the new challenges identified in the UNFCCC. Brief case studies illustrate different policies and programmes that have affected technology transfer in a variety of situations. The cases illustrate the role of government, industry and farmers themselves. In the end, this chapter shows both the uncertainties and ways how countries can adapt to climate change to achieve reliable and adequate agricultural growth while emitting less and storing more GHGs.
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