Erratic rainfall patterns, temperature fluctuation, soil erosion, degrading soil quality, sensitivity to diseases and variation in biodiversity are examples of current climate change manifestations which will affect important livelihoods systems and food production. The implication of climate change is especially important in East Africa (EA) where the majority of the population is composed of rural poor dependent on small-scale farming as a source of food and income. Major food crops such as maize and legumes are highly vulnerable to climate variability implying the urgent need for adaptation strategies to extreme environments of heat, drought and excessive rainfall in some cases.
Objectives of the project
This project aims at identifying, understanding and quantifying the environmental and socioeconomic nature of risks and opportunities brought about by climate change. In addition, effective adaptation strategies in agriculture will be carefully identified, evaluated and customized for different farming systems including socially differentiated groups. At the same time, policy makers and stakeholders will be involved in the process to gain evidence-based knowledge and guidelines for priority setting in order to better target promising interventions for vulnerable environments.
ABCIC’s role in this project is to develop maps on current status of risks, opportunities and coping strategies related to farming systems vulnerable to climate change in EA.
Project duration: 1 year