AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SUPPLY IMPACTS
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The impacts of climate change on agriculture must be viewed in the context of everincreasing demand for food and agricultural products. Agriculture currently accounts for nearly a quarter of world economic output and employment.1 The world’s population is growing rapidly, rising from 2.5 billion in 1950 to 6.5 billion in 2005 and to an expected 9 billion by 2050.2 As per capita incomes rise in industrializing countries such as China and India, so too will the demand for food and, in particular, meat – which will in turn necessitate increases in fodder crop supplies. If biofuels production also expands, so too will the area devoted to source crops.