Policy Brief: Agricultural Innovation: Options for Appropriate Technologies in Responding to Climate Change
The unique role of agriculture in development—our primary food source, significant potential for GHG mitigation, and its sensitivity to climate change—entails that innovations in technology and practice be enabled and diffused locally and appropriately to respond to climate change. Innovative technologies and practices may come from reinventing indigenous knowledge to suit the times or using new widespread and accepted media such as ICT. The possibilities of potentially relevant agricultural technologies is extensive and there is a vast pool of yet undiscovered technologies and practices that may be crucially important for agriculture in a globally changing environment. Several policy options are worth considering to stimulate increased innovation, transfer, and adoption of relevant agricultural technologies (Lybbert and Sumner 2010; UNEP 2011).