A comprehensive new European report released today calls on policy makers to do more to build sustainable food systems.

Published by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), made up of members from the continent’s national science academies, the two-year study sets out a raft of priorities for strengthening the future of food.

The negative impact climate change is having on food systems was identified as one area that needs to be seriously addressed. The report recommends the adoption of of climate-smart agriculture ‘such as the adoption of plant breeding innovations to cope with drought’.

An interactive map produced by the World Food Programme and the Met Office makes clear the dire consequences climate change will continue to have on food security without such action.

The EASAC report is one of four that will be published via the InterAcademy Partnership – which is backed by 130 science academies worldwide. The Americas, Africa, and Asia will feature in the other studies, all due out early next year. A comparative report on all the regions will be out in the middle of 2018.