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Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa Food Security in a Changing Environment

    454 Pages 127 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 127 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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 advanced students, researchers, extension and development practitioners, and officials of government agencies, NGOs, and funding agencies. It also will provide supplementary reading for courses in environment and development and in agricultural economics.

    1. Introduction
    2. Cyndi Spindell Berck, Peter Berck, Salvatore Di Falco, and Poojan Thakrar

      Part I: Climate Science, Agronomic and Agro-Ecological Factors

    3. Understanding Adaptation to Climate Change
    4. Peter Berck

    5. Mapping Vulnerability to Climate Change of the Farming Sector in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia: A Micro-level Perspective
    6. Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Alemu Mekonnen, Rahel Deribe, Jonse Bane, and Samuel Abera Zewdie

    7. Climate Change and Food Security in Kenya
    8. Jane Kabubo-Mariara and Millicent Kabara.

      Part II: On-farm Practices Related to Food Crop Productivity

    9. Adaptation to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Agriculture: Assessing the Evidence and Rethinking the Drivers
    10. Salvatore Di Falco

    11. Maize Intensification among Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Understanding the Impacts of Climate
    12. Martina Bozzola, Melinda Smale and Salvatore Di Falco

    13. Adaptation to Climate Change by Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania
    14. Coretha Komba and Edwin Muchapondwa

    15. Risk Preferences and the Poverty Trap: A Look at Farm Technology Uptake amongst Smallholder Farmers in the Matzikama Municipality
    16. Hafsah Jumare, Martine Visser and Kerri Brick

    17. Good Things Come in Packages: Sustainable Intensification Systems for Smallholder Farmers
    18. Cyndi Spindell Berck and Hailemariam Teklewold

      Part III: On-farm Practices Other Than Those Related to Food Crop Productivity

    19. Climate Change Adaptation and Livestock Activity Choice in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia: An Economic Analysis
    20. Tsegazeab Gebremariam and Zenebe Gebreegziabher

    21. The Distributive Effect and Food Security Implications of Biofuels Investment in Ethiopia: A CGE Analysis
    22. Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Alemu Mekonnen, Tadele Ferede, Fantu Guta, Jörgen Levin, Gunnar Köhlin, Tekie Alemu, and Lars Bohlin

    23. Climate Change and Post-Harvest Agriculture
    24. Martin J. Chegere

      Part IV: Gender Issues

    25. Contribution of Small-Holder Agriculture to Daily Calories, Macro-Nutrients, Minerals and Vitamins in Male- and Female-Headed Farm Households in Sub-Saharan Africa
    26. Byela Tibesigwa, Martine Visser, Razack Lokina, and Richard Zadocky Jacob

    27. Gender-differentiated Impacts of Climate Variability in Ethiopia: A Micro-Simulation Approach
    28. Tesfamicheal Wossen

      Part V: The Broader Development Context

    29. The Land Certification Program in Ethiopia: A Review of Achievements, Constraints and Opportunities
    30. Mintewab Bezabih Ayele and Hailu Elias

    31. Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Weather Variability: An Instrumental Variables Probit Analysis
    32. Yonas Alem, Mathilde Maurel, and Katrin Millock

    33. A Changing Climate in a Changing Land
    34. Cyndi Spindell Berck, Peter Berck, and Tyler N. Jacobson

      Part VI: Conclusion and Policy Implications

    35. Conclusion

    Cyndi Spindell Berck, Peter Berck, Salvatore Di Falco, and Poojan Thakrar 


    Cyndi Spindell Berck, M.P.P., J.D., is the principal of International Academic Editorial Services, based in Orinda, California, USA, and Managing Editor of the EfD Discussion Paper series and Research Brief series.

    Peter Berck is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy and S.J. Hall Professor of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is Editor-in-Chief of the EfD Discussion Paper Series.

    Salvatore Di Falco is Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

    "Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa takes a broad view of farming in the face of climate change, building on its succinct definition of sustainability as a balance in agriculture between practices that both mitigate climate change, while also actively adapting to those changes... One of the book's notable conclusions affirms its own recommendations for sustainable yield growth regardless of change as a determinant factor - suggesting that climate-adaptation practices need not be undertaken to the detriment of production." - Spore (CTA publications)