Perspectives on Climate Effects on Agriculture: The International Efforts of AgMIP in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kihara, J and MacCarthy, D S and Bationo, A and Koala, S and Hickman, J and Koo, J and Vanya, C and Adiku, S and Beletse, Y and Masikate, P and Rao, K P C and Mutter, C Z and Rosenzweig, C and Jones, J W (2015) Perspectives on Climate Effects on Agriculture: The International Efforts of AgMIP in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems: The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project Integrated Crop and Economic Assessments, Part 2. World Scientific Publishing, London, pp. 3-23. ISBN 978-1-78326-567-1

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Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is experiencing climate change-related effects that call for integrated regional assessments, yet capacity for these assessments has been low. The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) is advancing research on integrated regional assessments of climate change that include climate, crop, and economic modeling and analysis. Through AgMIP, regional integrated assessments are increasingly gaining momentum in SSA, and multi-institutional regional research teams (RRTs) centered in East, West, and Southern Africa are generating new information on climate change impacts and adaptation in selected agricultural systems. The research in Africa is organized into four RRTs and a coordination team. Each of the RRTs in SSA is composed of scientists from the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) institutions, National Agriculture Research institutes (NARs), and universities consisting of experts in crop and economic modeling, climate, and information technology. Stakeholder involvement to inform specific agricultural systems to be evaluated, key outputs, and the representative agricultural pathways (RAPs), is undertaken at two levels: regional and national, in order to contribute to decisionmaking at these levels. Capacity building for integrated assessment (IA) is a key component that is undertaken continuously through interaction with experts in regional and SSA-wide workshops, and through joint creation of tools. Many students and research affiliates have been identified and entrained as part of capacity building in IA. Bi-monthly updates on scholarly publications in climate change in Africa also serve as a vehicle for knowledge-sharing. With 60 scientists already trained and actively engaged in IA and over 80 getting monthly briefs on the latest information on climate change, a climate-informed community of experts is gradually taking shape in SSA.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate Effects, Agriculture, AgMIP, Sub-Saharan Africa Capacity Building, Climate Change, Modeling, Integrated Assessment
Subjects: Others > Climate Change
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 09:11
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 09:11
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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