MECAS(13)07 – Climate Change and Sugar Crops – English
Publisher: International Sugar Organisation
Format: digital download (PDF), 11.7” × 16.5”
Publication date: June 2013
This is the first ISO paper that investigates the relationship between climate change and agriculture in general and sugar crops in particular. There is a market perception that, together with global warming, the frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts may be rising, and that these may negatively impact agricultural crop productivity in general, including sugar cane and beet yields. Weather disruption events such as El Niño/La Niña have recently damaged crop yields in several of the world’s top sugar producers, prompting countries to dedicate more attention to climate change issues. This paper has three main objectives: a) reviewing the existing literature on climate change, agriculture and sugar crops; b) examining the relationship between climate change, or, more specifically, long-term changes in precipitation and temperature, and beet/cane yields; c) summarizing the key strategies of mitigation and adaptation to climate change available to sugar crop producers.
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