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Climate change and food production: Pakistan

M. Arif Goheer
Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) Islamabad Pakistan

GECAFS IGP CPW&F and APN Launch Workshops Kathmandu-Nepal, June 27-30, 2006

Climate Change
the greatest challenge facing the world at the beginning of the century
World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland 2000

Changing Climatic Trends

Increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere Pre-industrial revolution (1789) 280 ppm Present (2004) 380 ppm Expected level (2050) 550 ppm Rising surface temperatures Global Av. Temp. rise (20th century) 0.6 C Projections for 2100 1.4 to 5.8 C Changing rainfall patterns
Source: IPCC, 2001

Depending on the level of GHG emissions and concentration in the atmosphere, the average global temperature would rise between 1.4 oC 5.8 oC over the 21st Century

Climate and Food Production

Weather and Climate are the key factors in food productivity Being open to vagaries of nature, food production are highly vulnerable to climate change phenomena

Climate Related Parameters of Agricultural Productivity

CO2 Temperature Solar Radiation Precipitation Others (Wind speed and direction, Soil Moisture, Water vapour, etc.) Basic understanding of these factors helps manipulate plants to meet human needs of food, fiber and shelter The parameters also help understand impacts of climate change and devise adaptation/mitigation strategies

Climate-Water-Food Linkages



Wind, Sunshine, Solar Radiation

CO2 level

GDD and Corresponding GSL

Evapo-transpiration (ET) Crop Water Demand Canal/ground water Water Availability Agriculture (Crop Yield)

Photosynthetic Activity

Projections of IPCC for South Asia

Increase in surface temperature will contribute to snowmelt resulting in risk of floods Indus river inflows will decrease by 27% by the year 2050 Land degradation will cause land to shrink from present 0.8 ha per capita to 0.3 by 2010 Areas in mid and high latitudes will experience increase in crop yield whereas in lower latitudes will experience a general decrease, under elevated CO2 conditions

IPCC, 2001

Semi-arid areas
Crop models showed that increase in temperature of 0.9 and 1.8C resulted in reduction in length of wheat growing season by 4 and 8 days respectively

At 0.9C increase in temperature, wheat grain yield increased by 2.5% whereas at 1.8C increase, the grain yield decreased by 4% The increase in temp. would reduce the productivity of rice crop due to heat stress and reduction in growing season length

Arid areas
Crop modeling studies showed a non significant trend in wheat yields under increased temperature scenarios (0.9C and 1.8C) Wheat straw yields were reduced by 7% and 12% with temperature increases of 0.9C by 2020 and 1.8C by 2050

Impacts on Food Production

Due to Increasing Temperatures

Shift in spatial crop boundaries will have enormous economic and social impact.
e.g. Rice transplantation, Cotton picking etc.

Increase/decrease in crop yields

Rise in evapotranspiration rates, calling for greater efficiency of water use

Shift in timing of developmental stages of pests in Cropweed-pest relationships

Due to Change in Precipitation Pattern

More dependency on ground water in the face of low precipitation

danger of depletion of aquifer due to injudicious pumping increased cost of cultivation soil salinization due to poor quality ground water

Effect of water supplies

a) Decreased Surface Water Supplies

Reduction in yield and quality of crops due to water stress during critical growth stages Shift in cropping patterns Nitrogen volatilization losses from ammonical fertilizers

b) Increased Water Supplies

Potential development of Water logging and Salinity/Sodicity Denitrification losses from ammonical and nitrate based fertilizers Shift in cropping patterns

Increased incidence of plant diseases

Extreme Weather Events

In addition to changing climate, increased variability in weather may occur with consequent frequent extreme events such as heat waves, droughts, wind storms and floods having negative impacts on agriculture

Pakistans Resource Base

LAND (in million hectare) Geographical area = 79.6 Area under cultivation = 27.6% (21.87) Crop area irrigated = 22.6% (17.99) Rainfed Agriculture area = 4.97% (21.87) Forest = 4.5% (3.61) Culturable waste = 11.7% (9.31) Range Lands = 59% (46.96)

Cropping Seasons
Wheat, Lentil, Chickpea

Rice, Maize, Mungbean, Cotton

Agricultural productivity

Rice Maize

2262 kg/ha
1836 kg/ha 1768 kg/ha

Sugarcane Cotton

48.1 t/ha 579 kg/ha

22.3 t/ha
Agricultural Statistics of Pakistan 2001-02

Demand and Production projections with respect to climate change in Pakistan

Commodities Baseline Requirement 1995 Wheat Rice S.Cane 17.9 5.1 41.6 Demands (000 tonnes) 2020 32.4 9.2 75.3 2050 43.0 12.2 100.0 Production (000 tonnes) 2020 27.46 6.21 50.0 2050 35.70 7.89 60.0

Fruits Vegetable Meat

5.1 4.5 2.1

13.8 12.2 5.7

18.3 16.2 7.6

50.0 20.0 5.0

60.0 50.0 14.0

* Million Bales






Source: CICERO 2000:2

Work Done at GCISC

Wheat & Rice Simulation Results using DSSAT based CERES-Wheat & CERES-Rice models
Semi-arid areas Arid areas Humid area Sub-humid areas

Effect of Increase in Temperature and CO2levels on Wheat yields

Semi-arid Areas
Arid Areas





Yield (kg/ha)

3000 2000 1000 0 1 2 3 4 5 Change in Temperature (C)

Humid Areas

Yield (kg/ha)

5000 4000

5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0 1 2 3 4 5 Change in Temperature (C)

Subhumid Areas

3500 3000

Yield (Kg/ha)

3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 1C 2C 3C 4C 5C Change in temperature (C)

Yield (Kg/ha)

4500 4000 3500

2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 1C 2C 3C 4C Change in temperature (C) 5C

Effect of Increase in Temperature CO2levels and Water Scenarios on Wheat yields

Semi Arid Areas


Yield (kg/ha)

4000 3000 2000 1000 0 1 2 3 4 5 Tem perature Increase (C) 2 irri_360ppm 2 irri_550ppm

4irri_360ppm 4irri_550ppm

Effect of Increase in Temperature CO2levels and Water Scenarios on Wheat yields

Arid Areas

Yield (kg/ha)

3000 2000 1000 0 1 2 3 4 5 Tem perature Increase (C) 2 irri_360ppm 2 irri_550ppm

4irri_360ppm 4irri_550ppm

Effect of Increase in Temperature on Wheat GSL

(DSSAT based results 1994-95 to 2003-04 for Cv. Inqalab sown on Nov. 20th)

Temperature (C) Humid (Shangla)

Growing Season Length (Days)

Sub Humid (Islamabad) Semi Arid (Faisalabad) Arid (Multan)

Baseline 1 C
(increase over baseline)

246 232 221 211 202 194

161 155 149 144 138 133

146 140 135 130 125 121

137 132 127 123 118 113

2 C 3 C 4 C 5 C

Effect of Increase in Temperature and CO2levels on Rice yields in Semi-arid areas of Punjab
5000 4500 4000 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 1C 2C 375ppm 3C Temperature 4C 550 ppm 5C

Baseline Yield

Yield (kg/ha)

Effect of increase in Temperature on GSL of Rice in Semi arid areas of Punjab (Faisalabad)
(Cv. Basmati Super transplanted in 1st Week of July)

Temperature Baseline
(increase over baseline)

Growing Season Length (Days) 108 102 100 98

1 C 2 C
3 C

4 C
5 C


Rise in CO2 level only has positive impact on wheat yield Rise in Temperature shows negative impact on wheat yield But it could be mitigated if CO2 level = 550 ppm Negative impact of Rise in Temperature on yield could also be mitigated by increasing number of Irrigations (but)

Reduction in water resources shows a negative impact on wheat yield

Even 550 ppm CO2 level would not result in sustaining current yield level if water resources reduce

Rise in CO2 levels could sustain the baseline Rice yields up to 1C