Resilient Adaptation to Climate Change in African Agriculture

Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe (2010). Resilient Adaptation to Climate Change in African Agriculture. Studies / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik: Vol. 54. Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) / German Development Institute (GDI)

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Africa’s agriculture faces varying climate change impacts which mainly worsen production conditions and adversely affect its economies. Adaptations thus need to build the resilience of farming systems. Using “resilient adaptation” as a concept, this study analyses how adaptations at farm and policy/institutional-levels contribute to the resilience of Sub-Saharan African agriculture. The developed tool, “the Resilience Check”, provides socio-economic data which complements existing adaptation tools. The underlying development gaps such as insecure property rights, poverty, low self-organisation, inadequate climate data and infrastructure limit resilient adaptations. If farmers could implement recommended practices, existing measures and improved crops can address most impacts expected in the medium-term. However, resource use efficiency remains critical for all farm management types. Development-oriented adaptation measures are needed to provide the robust foundations for building resilience. Reaching the very poor remains a challenge and the externally driven nature of many interventions raises concern about their sustainability. The study recommends practical measures such as decentralising various services and integrating the action plans of the multilateral environmental agreements into one national action plan.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISBN:

978-3-88985-489-6

Series:

Studies / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik

Publisher:

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) / German Development Institute (GDI)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2015 12:03

Last Modified:

31 Jan 2019 15:24

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.69295

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69295

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