IFPRI Releases Report on Agriculture Adaptation Strategies in African Countries

July 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper titled "Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa."

The paper examines agricultural adaptation strategies in ten Sub-Saharan African countries based on a review of Poverty Reduction Strategy Programmes (PRSPs), National Adaptation Plans for Agriculture (NAPAs), and national and international databases. The report mentions 26 strategies, including: the development and promotion of drought tolerant crops; the exploitation of renewable resources; small and large rainwater harvesting; restoration of degraded land; and community based management of resources. The paper highlights strategies that warrant greater collaboration between countries, such as the conservation of genetic materials, the development of drought-tolerant species, and soil conservation practices. The report also discusses country positions in the UNFCCC climate negotiations.

The ten countries included in the study (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) are members of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa. IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [IFPRI Report on Agricultural Adaptation]