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Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa: Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies

By: Ariel Dinar, Rashid Hassan, Robert O Mendelsohn and James Benhin

189 pages, colour plate section, figures, tables, maps, index


Hardback | Apr 2008 | #178872 | ISBN-13: 9781844075478
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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 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.

This book provides vital 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.

Climate change is already hitting Africa hard and agriculture and farmers are taking the brunt - but what are the costs and how can people adapt?

'A well-researched, thorough and impressive work.' Jabavu Clifford Nkomo, senior programme specialist, IDRC 'Demonstrates the real need for both the physical and social science communities to work together toward integrated assessments of climate and society.' Molly E. Brown, NASA and Brent McCusker, West Virginia University 'The book has a lot o fkey recommendations for policymakers to draw on as they develop policies and programmes to support farmers adapting to change.' Trocaire Development Review 'A comprehensive assessment of the potential economic impacts of future climate change' ICLEI, March 2010.


Introduction and Rationale; Objectives, Structure, Methodology, Organisation and Countries' Agro-Climatic Conditions; Methods and Models; Country Analyses; Regional Analyses; Summary, Conclusions and Policy Implications; Appendixes including Literature Review; Bibliography, Index.

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Ariel Dinar is a Lead Economist at the Development Research Group of the World Bank, Washington DC, USA. Rashid Hassan is a Professor and the director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Robert Mendelsohn is a Professor of Economics in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA. James Benhin is technical coordinator at CEEPA, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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