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Mitigating droughts and floods in agriculture: policy lessons and approaches

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J. Hardelin
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Climate change is recognised as a factor that will increase the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events, notably of droughts and floods to which the agriculture sector is especially exposed.

Agricultural productivity growth and policy development have allowed the sector to better cope with these risks and reduce overall impacts.

However the report suggests there is substantial room to improve policy responses and co-ordinate across policy domains, including with respect to water rights and allocation, weather and hydrological information, innovation and education, and insurance and compensation schemes.

This reviews prevention and mitigation measures for sustainable agriculture in the face of increasing severe weather events in response to climate change.