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New booklet on tackling climate threats to Pacific Island food security

June 7, 2016

Climate impacts in the Pacific Islands – which rely on fishing and small-scale farming for sustenance – are set to intensify pressure on this region’s food security, according to a new report published today on World Oceans Day. But innovative, participatory approaches may help policy makers navigate possible future scenarios in order to develop the right policy responses. 

The new report Climate change and Pacific Island Food Systems outlines the most pressing issues facing this region, using vivid infographics and photos to illustrate temperature and rainfall extremes; sea level rise; impacts on food crops, fisheries and aquaculture, and food and nutrition. The report sheds light on the major threats facing the region’s food security, but also highlights potential opportunities to be gained under climate change.  

To tackle uncertain futures, innovative approaches are needed to envision how different changes may play out on the ground. The booklet illustrates four contrasting scenarios that tell the story of four different development pathways, which will ultimately prove useful for developing and testing plans and strategies. The scenarios were developed by policy makers, researchers, civil society and businesspeople from the region, working together through a process facilitated by a team from Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.  

About the report

The report is published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Pacific Community (SPC), WorldFish and The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), based on an ongoing research initiative in the region. The scenarios process was by a team from Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. This work was funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Download the booklet: Bell J, Taylor M, Amos M, Andrew N. 2016. Climate change and Pacific Island food systems. CCAFS and CTA. Copenhagen, Denmark and Wageningen, the Netherlands.


Watch a video about the future of the Pacific under climate change