Climate change proves to be huge challenge for West African agriculture and food security

Africa farmer cropsA study by the FAO revealed that in 2011 agriculture produced 14 per cent of carbon emissions,(Image source: Peter Casier)The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa programme will organise a regional workshop to be held in Accra, Ghana, on the challenging effects that climate change has on agriculture and food security

The workshop, which will be held from 16-17 November 2012, hopes to enhance the ability of national research institutions in West Africa using techniques for quantification and monitoring of carbon emissions in agriculture.

Statistics from the FAO have revealed that in 2011 agriculture produced 14 per cent of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 7bn tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
Both rapid population growth in Africa and increasing demand for food has led to a need for adapting agriculture and working towards reducing carbon emissions through climate-smart management practices, said CCAFS.

In Africa farmers have implemented plans for change to mitigate the effects of climate change to help prevent food shortages in the continent.

Countries across Africa now need to implement methods, technologies, and especially human resources must be available at national level to monitor and evaluate carbon emissions and their impact on agriculture, CCAFS added.

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