Climate change and agriculture : analysis of knowledge gaps and needs
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United nations Economic Commission for Africa. African Climate Policy Centre;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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This paper reviews the current status of agricultural production in Africa, the role of agriculture in the economies of African countries and in poverty reduction initiatives, the production trends and the public investments in the sector in recent years. It also assesses the vulnerability of the sector to the short term climate variability (CV) and long term effects of climate change (CC). The nexus between agricultural policy and research and development in CV and CC is also explored to identify existing knowledge gaps that prevent agricultural policy development from integrating CV and CC information. The study concludes by making some recommendations visà- vis the role of African agriculture in international CC negotiations.