Climate change-coping strategies (African Agriculture)

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Small holder farmers in East Africa innovate climate change-coping strategies

Sometimes the news coverage about climate change and agriculture gives the impression that farmers are sitting around waiting for ‘experts’ at various conferences to come and show them how to cope with rapid changes in climate. But the fact is that constant adaptation to all sorts of variables is an integral part of farming.

This is confirmed by a study analyzing changing farming practices in East Africa amongst a sample of the region’s small holder farmers in response to climate change.

700 households were surveyed in four countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.