Monday, June 30, 2008

Impact of climate change on African farmed animals

ELDIS has alerted us to Animal husbandry in Africa: climate change impacts and adaptations, a new study published by the African Association of Agricultural Economists. This study investigates the effects of climate change on animal husbandry in Africa. Cross-sectional methods were used to estimate the sensitivity of African livestock to climate, based on surveys of almost 5000 livestock farmers across ten countries, including South Africa and Zambia. The authors conclude that aid programmes to Africa must carefully consider how they can help African farmers adapt to climate change and such adaptation should vary geographically depending on conditions. You can find the report of the study online.

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