Currently about 20% of worldwide production of many staple crops, totaling nearly $300 billion, are lost each year to pests and diseases. Climate change is expected to bring about higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and more extreme-weather events globally. As a consequence, changes in local agricultural ecosystems could encourage greater pathogen development and food contamination.

In this Gro Strategic Assessment, our domain experts analyze the impact of the most destructive plant pests and diseases on global agriculture and explore what effects climate change may bring. Our team also shows how Gro Intelligence is applying its machine-learning predictive models to help companies, governments, and aid organizations battle ongoing pest and disease infestations.

In this Strategic Assessment, you will see:

  • Climate change’s impact on pests and diseases like fall armyworm, locusts, aflatoxin, and Brazil Asian soybean rust
  • Recent outbreaks and their impact on supply chains globally
  • Gro Intelligence’s models such as the Gro Drought Index and Global Climate Model and how they’re used to provide early warning signals for plant pests and diseases

Mato Grosso, RCP8.5 Scenario - Max Temp & Precip

This map shows maximum temperatures predicted for regions of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state in 2100 under the RCP8.5 (warmer) climate change scenario computed by the UN’s IPCC. Mato Grosso is Brazil’s biggest producer of soybeans. The data shows maximum temperatures rising by more than 6 degrees Celsius above 2021 levels. Click on the map to view the full display on the Gro Platform of projected temperature and precipitation changes through the end of the century.

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