Through focus on three Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries, Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland, this project aimed to contribute to evidence-based decision making for policy makers and development practitioners through a systematic research process integrating climate, crop production and livelihoods data, and by carrying out cost benefit analysis on the identified adaptation options.

CSAG’s contribution to the project involved generating downscaled climate data for the Maphutseng district in Lesotho, Lilongwe districts in Malawi and in the Mpolonjeni district in Swaziland. CSAG was then further tasked to integrate the downscaled climate scenarios with crop models in order to generate crop production maps for the designated districts for 2050. Observational crop production data from the focal districts were used to validate the crop model outputs.


Time frames: 3 year project, from April 2011 to March 2014

Funder: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Partners: The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANPRAN), in collaboration with a number of partners

For further details: Contact Dr Olivier Crespo


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