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In: Southern African agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis


  • Kanyanga, Joseph
  • Thomas, Timothy S.
  • Hachigonta, Sepo
  • Sibanda, Lindiwe M.


Agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara is becoming increasingly risky due to extreme climate variability. In recent times, scientific studies have strongly suggested that many developing countries face substantial environmental and social challenges, with food insecurity high on the list (Vogel and O’Brien 2003). With a relatively large and impoverished rural population that largely relies on rainfed agriculture, Zambia is vulnerable to the impacts of rainfall variability, which pose challenges for food security and planning. Climate change will further enhance the impacts associated with climate extremes in most parts of Zambia. The objective of the chapter is to help policymakers, researchers, and country negotiators better understand and anticipate the likely impacts of climate change on agriculture and on vulnerable households in Zambia, given that about 70 percent of the nation’s population is dependent on rainfed agriculture.

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  • Kanyanga, Joseph & Thomas, Timothy S. & Hachigonta, Sepo & Sibanda, Lindiwe M., 2013. "Zambia," IFPRI book chapters,in: Hachigonta, Sepo & Nelson, Gerald C. & Thomas, Timothy S. & Sibanda, Lindiwe Majele (ed.), Southern African agriculture and climate change: A comprehensive analysis, chapter 9, pages 255-288 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifpric:9780896292086-09

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    1. Nelson, Gerald C. & Rosegrant, Mark W. & Palazzo, Amanda & Gray, Ian & Ingersoll, Christina & Robertson, Richard & Tokgoz, Simla & Zhu, Tingju & Sulser, Timothy B. & Ringler, Claudia & Msangi, Siwa & , 2010. "Food security, farming, and climate change to 2050: Scenarios, results, policy options," Research reports Gerald C. Nelson, et al., International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. World Bank, 2009. "World Development Indicators 2009," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 4367.
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