16 Sep 2013

Hopes for climate change report to focus on agriculture

6:26 am on 16 September 2013

The next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is due to be released at the end of this month. Farmers in New Zealand have this year been on the front line when it comes to feeling the brunt of climatic events.

The United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development says it expects the new report will emphasise more strongly than ever before that the warming planet will make farmers' lives increasingly difficult.

Environment and climate director Elwyn Grainger Jones said he hopes the coming report will spell out how climate change will affect farmers in the future - particularly smaller farming operations.

In most cases this will make their job more challenging to manage.

But Mr Grainger Jones said farmers will be better prepared if adaptation starts now and measures are put in place to deal with the increased storms, droughts, floods, rising sea levels and heat extremes.

He said he hopes the effect of agriculture on climate change will also be emphasized.