What role will climate change play in EU agricultural markets? An integrated assessment taking into account carbon fertilization effects

Pilar Martinez, María Blanco, Benjamin Van Doorslaer, Fabien Ramos, Andrej Ceglar


Recent studies point to climate change being one of the long-term drivers of agricultural market uncertainty. To advance in the understanding of the influence of climate change on future agricultural market developments, we compared a baseline scenario for the year 2030 with alternative simulation scenarios that differ regarding: (1) emission scenarios; (2) climate projections; and (3) the consideration of carbon fertilization effects on crop growth. For each simulation scenario, the CAPRI model provides global and EU-wide impacts of climate change on agricultural markets. Results showed that climate change would considerably affect agrifood markets up to 2030. Nevertheless, market-driven adaptation strategies (production intensification, trade adjustments) would soften the impact of yield shocks on supply and demand. As a result, regional changes in production would be lower than foreseen by other studies focused on supply effects.


bio-economic modelling; agricultural market uncertainty; food security

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DOI: 10.5424/sjar/2017153-9899