Understanding past and future impacts of climate change in agriculture: implications for adaptation planning
- Average temperature in China is increasing at a slightly faster rate than the global average, leading to a lengthening of the growing season which affects current cropping systems and management practices.
- Droughts cause the largest direct economic losses in China.
- Wheat, rice and maize yields seem to be decreasing in the southern parts of China, where crops are already grown close to their temperature tolerance.
- Improved understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture in China could improve the design of adaptation strategies.
- There is potential to increase food production with the right strategies and technologies.