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‘Failed seasons’ risks require climate-smart agriculture

‘Failed seasons’ risks require climate-smart agriculture

Sep 8, 2014

In a recent article by Mark Kinver, environment reporter for BBC News, a report of threats faced by African farmers of “failed seasons” was highlighted. The 2014 African Agriculture Status Report says that vital food producers face a risk of being overwhelmed by the rate and severity of climate change and calls for the adoption of “climate-smart agriculture” to help make crops more resilient to future extreme weather events.

“In order for our farmers to be productive and ensure food security, we need to build resilience to help them mitigate the onset of climate change,” said report editor David Sarfo Ameyaw. “The climate variations, droughts or rainfalls, are something that small-holding farmers are facing and are going to face. Climate change is a fact that is facing us whether we accept it or not, especially here in Africa.”

Dr Ameyaw, director of strategy monitoring and evaluation for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), told BBC News that “failed season” posed a real threat for food security in Africa. “We are talking about when the rain does not come at the right time or the length of the [growing] season, which should be about 180 days, is shortened as a result of drought.”

The report warned that changes to the climate could result in the number of malnourished people in sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 40% by 2050 – from 223 million people to 355 million people.

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