How can Africa adapt to 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 shaping agriculture in Kenya and Ethiopia; how to make more gender-responsive policies to adapt to climate change; and how to make better links between research and policy.

Agriculture and climate change in Kenya

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 are concerns about whether coherent policy may be achieved.

Responding to climate change in Ethiopia

Policy responses to climate change are shaping the agricultural sector in Ethiopia, with significance for the country’s future development. Responses include those under the banner of ‘green’ economic development, with a focus on developing a low-carbon economy by 2025.

Gender and climate change

Women at the centre of gender and climate change policy are typically portrayed as vulnerable, weak, poor, and socially isolated. But gender-responsive policy needs to move beyond stereotypes to look at social relations, including the diverse experiences of men and women, in adapting to threats and opportunities.

Linking research and policy for climate adaptation

Climate change presents diverse challenges for urban areas, agriculture and health in different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Future Agricultures is carrying out reviews of the links between research and policy for adaptation. A key part of this is understanding the policy process – perceiving policy as an incremental and ‘messy’ process with many entry points or ‘policy spaces’, rather than a linear journey towards implementation.

Photo: Ethio drought 7 by aheavens on Flickr