3.1. Impacts of Climate Change on Crop Production in Latin America

  1. Shyam S. Yadav PhD3,
  2. Robert J. Redden PhD4,
  3. Jerry L. Hatfield PhD5,
  4. Hermann Lotze-Campen PhD6 and
  5. Anthony E. Hall PhD7
  1. Andy Jarvis1,2,
  2. Julian Ramirez1,
  3. Osana Bonilla-Findji1,2 and
  4. Emmanuel Zapata1

Published Online: 18 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch4

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

Crop Adaptation to Climate Change

How to Cite

Jarvis, A., Ramirez, J., Bonilla-Findji, O. and Zapata, E. (2011) Impacts of Climate Change on Crop Production in Latin America, in Crop Adaptation to Climate Change (eds S. S. Yadav, R. J. Redden, J. L. Hatfield, H. Lotze-Campen and A. E. Hall), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960929.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Agriculture—Capacity Development, Civilian Technical Assistance Program, General Directorate of Programs, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan

  2. 4

    Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection, Grains Innovation Park, The Department of Primary Industries, Private Bag 260, Horsham, Victoria 3401, Australia

  3. 5

    USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, 2110 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50011, United States of America

  4. 6

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

  5. 7

    Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0124, United States of America

Author Information

  1. 1

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) AA 6713, Km 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Colombia

  2. 2

    CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Cali, Colombia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820163

Online ISBN: 9780470960929



  • Cropping systems;
  • vulnerable;
  • Andes;
  • rural poor;
  • yield;
  • food insecurity


Latin American countries (countries in Latin America from Guatemala southwards to the southern tip of South America) can be characterized as undergoing a transition from rural-based economies into more manufacturing based economies. Climate change, as a coming reality, turns into a critical point to address, in particular for very vulnerable areas with extreme climatic conditions and occupied by rural poor with limited access to technologies. Rainfall increases are expected in many parts of the continent, but yet again it is Central America and Caribbean countries that are predicted to receive the greatest reductions in precipitation. These changes do require the urgent definition of adaptation actions to cope with negative impacts. However, the impacts of these changes on crop production are largely unknown and research is needed to further understand the complex crop responses to climate changes both in terms of variability and long-term average climates. Substantial difficulties for local and regional decision making processes and therefore adaptation measures development and implementation arise from the considerable vulnerability of the region and the far ample knowledge gaps on climate change impacts over the region. However, the current data indicates expected increases (or very little decreases) in some of the major commodities in the continent (e.g. soybean, cassava) as well as reductions in most other crops (e.g. beans, bananas, potatoes). Research must work towards better estimations of impacts on crop production, whilst crop specialists must examine different adaptation options to address the specific issues. Given the high heterogeneity in production landscapes in Latin America, multiple adaptation measures must be developed and implemented in a site-specific manner.