The expected increase of the world’s population to 9 billion people by 2050; the rise in global calorie intake by 60% between 2000 and 2050 due to greater affluence; as well as the rising demands on land for the generation of food and fuels, will require significant increases in agricultural productivity in the context of more constrained availability of resources. With agriculture contributing to food and economic security, the impacts of climate change on agriculture have repercussions on livelihoods, food production, and the overall economies of countries. At the same time, the agricultural sector holds significant climate change mitigation potential through reductions of greenhouse gas emissions as well as enhancement of agricultural sequestration.
UC Davis currently is developing an enormous effort in supporting climate change policy and focusing research that allows understanding of and solutions for global warming and its impact. This effort includes areas such as agriculture management and other areas as air quality, water resources, ecological forecasting, clean technologies/energy, solution and human adaptation, forecasting and modeling, ancient climate changes and ocean studies. UC Davis plant breeding programs are also focusing on developing new crops with improved biotic and abiotic stress properties that can thrive in climate change. All these areas can be developed in junction of Chilean counterpart because we share common interests and research capabilities.