Climate risk management for agriculture in Peru: focus on the regions of Junin and Piura
Agriculture employs about a third of the population in the Peruvian regions of Junín and Piura. Yet agricultural productivity is impeded by low technology and investments, as well as fragmented land tenure. Climate events already have massive impacts on the agricultural sector and climate change is likely to further intensify these effects. This report argues that climate risk management strategies in agriculture must address current climate variability while preparing the sector for the eventual impacts of warming and glacier retreat. These include more efficient water management and irrigation; improved access to markets and finance; livelihood diversification; revival of ancestral agricultural practices, for example in frost protection; climate-proofing local infrastructure; and better management of climate and risk data. To enable these measures, key climate risk management policies and agencies must be better coordinated in Peru.