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This book collects the findings of a group of scientists and economists who have taken stock of climate change impacts on food and agriculture at global and regional levels over the past two decades.

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Wind, rain and industrial agriculture techniques accelerate soil erosion, but can be mitigated before the world faces catastrophic loss in terms of agricultural performance and critical ecosystem functions.

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"The chickens are dying of the heat, the cows are collapsing because they do not have grass to eat and we have to go to raise them, they no longer produce milk".

To Johnny Obando, work on his farm in Guanacaste, in northwestern Costa Rica, is becoming increasingly difficult.

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Every day, 18 kilos of sand and gravel are extracted by each inhabitant of the planet for 
the manufacture of concrete, asphalt and glass. Changes in consumption patterns, the increase 
      
          
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Prolonged droughts and heavy rains, a consequence of current erratic weather patterns, have destroyed more than half of the farmers' corn and beans crops along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves.