The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has not historically included agriculture within the scope of its negotiations, so having a dedicated day for soil health and agriculture at COP27 was a major win for the plant science industry.
As a Canadian farmer, I think I was born knowing about the importance of canola. This is a crop that offers health benefits for consumers, boosts economic opportunities for the farming sector, stimulates agricultural R&D, and helps promote biodiversity.
Rainfall has become increasingly unpredictable over the past decade, says Felix Kili, at times threatening the loss of the maize, barley, wheat, and canola crops he grows with his father and brother near the small town of Eldoret, Kenya.
Agriculture faces the daunting challenge of producing enough food for a growing world population while at the same time coping with climate change, which is increasing the urgency of accelerating sustainable productivity growth to ensure safe, nutritious food is readily available.