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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adapting to climate change in southern Africa, in policy brief

Here is a brief I have written on why we need to adapt our food crop farming systems to climate change in southern Africa.

The main points are:

1. It is clear that crops in southern Africa will be negatively affected by climate change
2. The impacts will be more severe as with time. Yields are predicted to decline by 18% in the 2050s and 30% by 2100.
3. Adaptation is vital if we are to protect food crop production and preserve/promote food security in the region.

Suggested policy measures include:

1. Policy makers should engage more with climate scientists, social and economic knowledge.
2. Policies should increase the resilience and reduce the vulnerability of crop production systems and exploit opportunities that may arise from climate change.

The brief can be accessed here: