Coping with insularity: the need for crop genetic improvement to strengthen adaptation to climatic change and food security in the Pacific

  title={Coping with insularity: the need for crop genetic improvement to strengthen adaptation to climatic change and food security in the Pacific},
  author={Vincent Lebot},
  journal={Environment, Development and Sustainability},
  • V. Lebot
  • Published 12 March 2013
  • Economics
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
The capability of Pacific Island countries’ agriculture to adapt to climatic and environmental changes is analysed. After presenting key features of the region’s food cropping systems, findings of genetic diversity studies for the most important food crops are reviewed and their implications for adaptation are discussed. Biophysical and economic vulnerabilities of the food system are identified. For the major food crops, the needs for genetic improvement are detailed, and practical solutions… 

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