How much does extreme weather damage crops?

Over the last few decades, whenever a country has been hit by drought or a heatwave, this has caused an average of 9-10% of cereal crops to die [3]. As the frequency and severity of droughts increase with climate change, we can expect this to get even worse [1,4]. Moreover, droughts are not the only problem for farming: crop losses to climate-related disasters are 59% due to floods, 26% due to storms and only 15% due to droughts [1].

Improving farming methods can help address this problem, but it is unclear by how much [2]. Find out how we can adapt farming to climate change in the next post!

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