in: Environment for Development
A changing climate is likely to have a drastic impact on crop yields in Africa. The purpose of this book is to document the effects of climate change on agriculture in Africa and to discuss strategies for adaptation to hotter weather and less predictable rainfall. These strategies include promoting opportunities for farmers to adopt technologies that produce optimal results in terms of crop yield and income under local agro-ecological and socioeconomic conditions. The focus is on sub-Saharan Africa, an area that is already affected by changing patterns of heat and rainfall. Because of the high prevalence of subsistence farming, food insecurity, and extreme poverty in this region, there is a great need for practical adaptation strategies. The book includes empirical research in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa,Tanzania, and other Sub-Saharan countries,and the conclusion summarizes policy-relevant findings from the chapters. It is aimed at advancedstudents, researchers, extension and development practitioners, and officials of government agencies, NGOs, and funding agencies. Italso will providesupplementaryreading for courses in environment and development and in agricultural economics.