Big Facts on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

North America

Overfed? In North America 70% of the population is overweight or obese. #BigFacts via @cgiarclimate


[FAO] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2013. The state of food insecurity in the world 2013: The multiple dimensions of food security. Rome: FAO. (Available from

[WHO] World Health Organization. 2008. Global Health Observatory (GHO): Overweight and obesity. Global Health Observatory Data Repository. (Available from:

How is North America's population growing? Get the #BigFacts on #foodsecurity via @cgiarclimate


[UN-DESA] United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2013. World Population prospects, the 2012 revision, highlights and advance tables. Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. New York. (Available from

North Americans consume high amounts of dairy and meat compared to other regions via @cgiarclimate


Alexandratos N, Bruinsma J. 2012. World agriculture towards 2030/2050: the 2012 revision. ESA Working Paper 12-03. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). (Available from

In North America almost half of the food gets wasted at the consumer level #BigFacts via @cgiarclimate


[FAO] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2013b. Food wastage footprint. Impacts on natural resources. Summary Report. Rome, Italy: FAO (Available from

The number of people exposed to cyclones and floods is on the rise in North America. Get the #BigFacts via @cgiarclimate


Handmer, J., Y. Honda, Z.W. Kundzewicz, N. Arnell, G. Benito, J. Hatfield, I.F. Mohamed, P. Peduzzi, S. Wu, B. Sherstyukov, K. Takahashi, and Z. Yan, 2012: Changes in impacts of climate extremes: human systems and ecosystems. In: Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation [Field, C.B., V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen, M. Tignor, and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, and New York, NY, USA, pp. 231-290. (Available from

Climate change: Bean growing areas in northeast USA will become less viable #BigFacts via @cgiarclimate


Shyam Singh Yadav, Robert Redden, Jerry L. Hatfield, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Anthony J. W. Hall (eds.). 2011. Crop Adaptation to Climate Change. Sussex, UK: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Drought tolerant soy varieties could boost yields 10% in parts of N. America. #BigFacts via @cgiarclimate


Malcolm, S., Marshall, E., Aillery, M., Heisey, P., Livingston, M. and Day-Rubenstein, K. 2012. Agricultural Adaptation to a Changing Climate: Economic and Environmental Implications Vary by U.S. Region. ERR-136, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.