South Africa has a high-risk agro-hydrological environment which is likely to be exacerbated under conditions of climate change. It is widely recognised that ongoing changes in climatic conditions will generally have an adverse effect on, amongst others, agricultural production, biodiversity and water resources. Research related to vulnerability and adaptation is identified as a priority in the Climate Change Sector Plan for Agriculture. There is a lack of integrated knowledge regarding the vulnerability of agriculture in terms of climate change and water availability.
This project therefore aims to investigate the impact of projected climate change on agriculture; assess the vulnerability of crops, rangelands and farming households and enterprises; and identify and suggest appropriate adaptive techniques and practices in selected catchments and farming areas. The project provides an assessment of the vulnerability of different farming systems to climate change, evaluating alternative adaptation practices and techniques (indigenous and science-based knowledge). It further develops and tests innovative, appropriate and sustainable interventions, including internal management measures and external policy measures.
Time frames: 2010 to 2016
Funder: Water Research Commission (WRC)
Partners: Optimal Agricultural Business Systems (OABS) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
For further details: Contact Dr Peter Johnston