This project is concerned with re-designing smallholder crop-livestock systems in semi-arid Southern Africa to address poverty and enhance resilience to climate change through stakeholder driven integrated multi-modeling research.

Building on results from Phase 1 this project aims at reducing poverty and enhancing resilience to climate change, building pathways for sustainable futures for smallholder crop-livestock systems in semi-arid southern Africa.

More specifically, the project objectives are to: engage multiple stakeholders (representing expertise on crops, livestock, economics, environment, climate variability and change, agricultural extension, rural development) in Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique) in identifying and promoting relevant structures for communication and capacity development towards effective climate change adaptation in smallholder farming systems; assess impacts of climate change on different smallholder mixed crop-livestock farming systems in southern Africa, through advanced Regional Integrated Assessment (RIA); explore and design re-configuration pathways and climate change adaptation strategies, through multi-stakeholder dialogue and at multiple scales; and to support AgMIP activities and outputs .


Time frames: 2 year project, from May 2015 to April 2017

Funder: The Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and improvement Project (AgMIP)

Partners: Led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), together with the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), University of Zimbabwe, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Instituto de Investigacao Agraria de Mozambique

For further details: Contact Dr Olivier Crespo


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