Climate and Food Production

Agriculture faces major challenges, not least when it comes to the ongoing changes in weather patterns and climate. Climate change affects production possibilities and increases the need for local adaptations. Agriculture must produce food in a sustainable way with the least possible environmental impact. Emissions of greenhouse gases must be minimized, and agriculture must also fulfil several other agricultural policy objectives. There is a great need for knowledge and comprehensive analysis of climate compared to food production, including measures for reduced emissions and for climate adaptation within the various productions.

The department of  Climate and Food Production carries out assignments and reviews with a thematic focus on climate and food production. Agriculture and food production are strongly affected by and must be adapted to the ongoing climatic changes, while production also impacts on the environment and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Analysis of measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as well as opportunities to sequester carbon are current tasks. The division develops and uses calculation and analysis tools, where climate measures are assessed together with other conditions with the most holistic approach possible.

The department will have extensive collaboration with industry players, administration, research, and research environments both nationally and internationally.

The department was established in 2023 and is in a building phase. The analysis work will require professional expertise from many fields. In addition to the division's own employees, several professionals in other divisions within NIBIO will participate in the review and assignment work.


The different agricultural productions have different emissions of greenhouse gases and the need for climate adaptation. Photo: Jutta Kapfer