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The Achilles heel of climate-smart agriculture

Climate-smart food systems are needed to feed growing populations while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources. However, to be successful, climate-smart agriculture interventions must be equitable and inclusive to overcome trade-offs with other Sustainable Development Goals.

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Hellin, J., Fisher, E. The Achilles heel of climate-smart agriculture. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 493–494 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0515-8

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