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East African agriculture and climate change

East African agriculture and climate change

Edited by Michael Waithaka, Gerald C Nelson, Timothy S Thomas and Miriam Kyotalimye
Published by IFPRI
Website: www.ifpri.org
2013, free to download

Arable farmers in East Africa are under severe pressure to increase productivity to feed a rapidly growing population for whom food insecurity is already serious. East African Agriculture and Climate Change examines the food security threats of ten countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) and explores how climate change will increase the difficulty of achieving sustainable food security throughout the region.

Each country is covered by a separate chapter, in which modelling and data are used to develop future scenarios and explore potential climate change consequences for agriculture, food security and resource management. The book states that with adaptation to climate change, including investment in agricultural technology and new varieties, maize yields could increase across the region by 50 per cent by 2050. And while some parts of Kenya, for example, will no longer be suitable for maize, other areas in the Rift Valley that aren't currently suitable will become so.

Date published: December 2013


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