Re-designing smallholder farming futures for reduced vulnerability to climate change in semi-arid southern Africa

Homann-Kee Tui, S and Katrien, D and Patricia, M and Arthur, C G and Olivier, C and Lieven, C and Valdivia, R (2015) Re-designing smallholder farming futures for reduced vulnerability to climate change in semi-arid southern Africa. In: The 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design, September 07 - 10, 2015, Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France.

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Abstract

Climate change will impact the productivity of maize-based crop-livestock systems and the food security of smallholders depending on them in semi-arid southern Africa. Earlier results from testing climate change adaptation options showed that incremental improvements in fertilizer application rates, use of adapted maize cultivars or introduction of forage production are insufficient for substantial improvement of smallholder livelihoods (Masikati et al., 2015). In this paper we therefore explored effects of more transformative system re-design on households’ vulnerability to climate change, farm net returns and poverty rates. We tested the hypothesis that packages tailored to specific farm situations are more effective than blanket recommendations...

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: RP-Market Institutions and Policies
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smallholder Farming, Climate Change, Semi Arid, Southern Africa, Vulnerability, Smallholders, Farm Production, Diversification, Food Security
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2015 09:53
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 06:08
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/9206
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