Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa: Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 89, Issue 47, page 474, 18 November 2008
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2008), Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa: Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(47), 474–474, doi:10.1029/2008EO470009., and (
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As climate change has emerged as a significant threat, there is much concern about how vulnerable agricultural communities will adapt, particularly as global population continues to rise. Much of the current lack of productivity and economic marginalization of African agriculture arises from global trade regimes that give a competitive advantage to Western farmers, from low use of agricultural inputs, and from a dearth of infrastructure and services for the agriculture sector. For centuries, African farmers have used a wide variety of risk-reducing livelihood strategies, including diversifying income sources, switching crops, and investing in marketing. However, improving their productivity to “modern” levels has remained a distant dream, resulting in a continual reduction in investment in the sector over the past five decades.