A farmworker picking fruit in rural Western Cape. Photo: Sean Wilson
This project aims to assess the potential impacts of climate change on specific rainfed agricultural commodities and value chains in eight African countries, based on application of downscaled climate scenarios and GIS-based tools for modelling current and future crop suitability.
The project’s outputs will inform government and bilateral agencies in the target countries of the likely impacts of climate change on the production and productivity of key agricultural commodities, as well as the subsequent impacts on agricultural households and national agricultural economy.
In addition to identifying and quantifying the potential risks of climate change to the selected value chains, the study will also aim to generate recommendations on technological shifts that may be required for effective adaptation to climate change.
The project contributes to the following programmatic outcomes of the project sponsor, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
Climate informed investments and planning through the recommendations on priority actions to manage climate risks in specific value chains.
Climate risk awareness, policy engagement and knowledge management through the country profiles that will inform national strategies and training of technicians.
Inform National Adaptation Plans, where these are still being developed or updated, through identification of potential options for adaptation.
Building capacity of national counterparts in climate risk analyses through training seminars and workshops.