Climate change and drought risks for agriculture

J. Verhagen, M. Put, F. Zaal, H. van Keulen

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Abstract

Changes in rainfall patterns and risk of crop failure are discussed in this chapter. Agriculture is by far the most important economic activity in the region. The success of this economic activity relies heavily on water availability during the growing season. For rainfed production systems timing and the amount of precipitation determine to a large extent the success of the growing season. The projected changes in the variability and total amount of rainfall are expected to worsen the situation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Climate Change on Drylands
EditorsA.J. Dietz
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Pages49-59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameEnvironment & Policy
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number39

Keywords

  • agroclimatology
  • precipitation
  • drought
  • west africa
  • africa south of sahara

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