Climate Change

plant Over the last few years there has been a re-emergence of attention to agriculture and food security in the context of a changing climate. Globally, the sector accounts for 13-15% of greenhouse gas emissions. In Africa, there are important concerns over the vulnerability of farmers and farming systems, also given the sector’s key economic importance across the continent.

It is increasingly clear that the focus on climate change will shape agricultural development in Africa in significant ways over the coming decades. But with the growing attention comes an increasing complexity of actors in the debate both on the nature of the problem and the most appropriate solutions.

 

The Climate Change Theme of FAC was set up to analyse this complexity and to open up critical issues for debate through case studies, briefing papers and roundtable discussions. The aim is to help broaden the policy debates on climate change and agriculture to include alternative adaptation and mitigation pathways for the sector.


Latest articles

Climate change & African agriculture, health and cities: 12 new reviews
Climate change & African agriculture, health and cities: 12 new reviews
October 24, 2014 / Climate Change
The African continent is well-recognised as being vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. While there is undisputed evidence that the climate is changing, there is much uncertainty over how this affects different regions and sectors. 12 regional papers review

‘Carbon missionaries’: saving Africa from itself?
‘Carbon missionaries’: saving Africa from itself?
July 11, 2014 / Climate Change
Carbon schemes, designed to protect and sustain forests in the global South, can conflict with the interests of those who live in and depend on them. On our blog, Joanes Atela problems with the 'missionary discourse' behind this key part

Climate adaptation in West Africa: reviewing policies & evidence
Climate adaptation in West Africa: reviewing policies & evidence
May 29, 2014 / Climate Change
Africa’s agriculture sector is commonly regarded as vulnerable to particular impacts of climate change. Adapting to climate change is an important area for research and policy development. A series of three working papers reviews research and policy on climate change

Global climate politics meets national agricultural policy
Global climate politics meets national agricultural policy
November 20, 2013 / Climate Change
Agriculture has not always had an easy ride in international climate negotiations. But even when farming and food are considered, there is sometimes conflict between global politics and local policy processes. On the blog, Joanes Atela considers how global climate

How can Africa adapt to climate change?
How can Africa adapt to climate change?
November 10, 2013 / Climate Change
As the world meets to discuss adaptation climate change at the COP19 conference, Future Agricultures research looks at how African agricultural policy is responding in different ways to this major challenge. Our work looks at how climate policy discussions are

Kenya: a changing climate of policy
Kenya: a changing climate of policy
September 30, 2013 / Climate Change
A new working paper analyses how discussions on climate change and agriculture in Kenya are driven from within and outside the country’s borders. Kenya has been ahead of many other countries in developing a national climate change strategy. But there

Warming to climate change in Ethiopia?
Warming to climate change in Ethiopia?
September 27, 2013 / Climate Change
A new paper addresses how policy responses to climate change are shaping the agricultural sector in Ethiopia, and their significance for the country’s future development. 'Warming to Change? Climate Policy and Agricultural Development in Ethiopia' highlights multiple responses, including those

Adapting to climate change: policy & research gaps
Adapting to climate change: policy & research gaps
July 24, 2013 / Climate Change
Lars Otto Naess, Climate Change convenor for Future Agricultures, presented preliminary findings from a review of research and policies for climate change adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa on 16 July. He spoke at a side event “Consultative dialogue on climate smart

How are climate impact models changing agricultural research?
How are climate impact models changing agricultural research?
June 14, 2013 / Climate Change
Is climate-crop modelling opening the way for more 'non-expert' contributions? A journal article in Climatic Change discusses the impact of climate impact models on policies and programmes. Climate change adaptation is increasingly targeted within policies, programmes and interventions across a

The politics of agricultural carbon finance in Kenya
The politics of agricultural carbon finance in Kenya
November 5, 2012 / Climate Change
A new paper questions the ‘triple wins’ claimed by Kenyan supporters of agricultural carbon finance. Supporters of agricultural carbon finance claim multiple benefits for Africa, but the reality is more complex. This working paper by Joanes O. Atela explores how,