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Impacts Agriculture

Pacific atoll islands have been identified as having particular vulnerability to degradation in agricultural systems as a consequence of climate change. FAO research (2012) suggests key issues include heat stress on plants, changes in soil moisture and temperature, loss of soil fertility due to soil erosion, and water stress due to salinization of soils and changes in the water table height. Additional impacts are expected from an increased frequency and intensity of drought periods, similar to that experienced in 2011 in Tuvalu, this is particularly driven by a lack of irrigation infrastructure. Threats to the productivity and predictability of crop yields represent a threat to Tuvalu’s food security, particularly in the context of widespread subsistence farming.

This section provides insights into the climate change impacts on agricultural productivity indicators and the trends in agriculture related socio-economic indicators.

% change of crop yield projections
< -60% > 80%
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