Foreword

This report was prepared by Dr Anita Wreford and Dr Dominic Moran (Scottish Agricultural College, United Kingdom) with the assistance of Professor Neil Adger (The Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom) for the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment. The aim of the report is to help guide policy makers in the design of policy measures to address climate change issues in the agricultural sector.

It considers the economic and policy issues related to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and adaptation responses, and mitigation of greenhouse gases from agriculture; outlines research undertaken and underway in other national and international research agencies; and highlights some of the knowledge gaps in the impacts of climate change on food production and the uncertainties of those impacts in a global context that warrant further research efforts. A particular feature of the report is the analysis of marginal abatement cost curves - which show the relative costs of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emission through implementing different actions in the agricultural sector.

The report was prepared for publication by Theresa Poincet.

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