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Agricultural systems and farmers in Africa are at the forefront of vulnerability to climate change and require concerted and focused policies and investment interventions. Yet, up until now there has been little, if any, comprehensive understanding of climate change vulnerability across Africa to guide effective policy formation and investment. This landmark book encompasses a comprehensive quantitative analysis and assessment of the extent of potential economic impacts of future climate change, and value of adaptation measures in Africa for different zones, regions, countries and farm types.

Researchers developed and applied multipliable analytical methods and procedures to assess quantitatively how climate affects current agricultural systems in Africa, predict how these systems may be affected in the future by climate change under various global warming scenarios, and suggest what role adaptation could play. The analysis employs both the cross-sectional (Ricardian) method and crop response simulation modelling. Moreover, researchers developed and employed river-basin hydrology modelling to generate surface runoff and stream flow for all districts in the study countries. The research spanned eleven countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger and Senegal in West Africa; Egypt in North Africa; Ethiopia and Kenya in East Africa and South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. The study is the first to combine both country level and cross-country, spatially referenced household survey and climatic data for conducting this type of analysis,

The book provides vital, much-needed knowledge about the impacts of climate change on Africa and serves as a guide to policy intervention strategies and investment in adaptation measures. It also makes a major contribution to knowledge about methods and approaches to analysing climate change impacts and developing adaptation strategies, especially in the highly vulnerable farming communities in the developing world.

Published with CEEPA and the World Bank

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ISBN 9781844075478
author Ariel Dinar,Rashid Hassan,Robert Mendelsohn,James Benhin
Number of Pages 206
Publisher Earthscan Publications Ltd.
Cover Type Paperback
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