Rural smallholder farmers in Africa are perpetually food insecure due to unsustainable practices in agriculture, degrading soil resources, poor natural resource management, and political and institutional challenges. The harsh and changing climate has further aggravated the situation, adversely affected the natural resources, jeopardized agricultural production, and marginalized the livelihood opportunities.
Adverse effects of climate change on agricultural production and the environment have made the sub-Saharan region (SSA) as one of the hot spots leading to severe degradation of soil, drastic depletion of nutrients and soil organic matter stocks, contamination and scarcity of water, and reduction of the above and below ground biodiversity.
A new book, “Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resource Sustainability in Africa”, discusses knowledge-based sustainable agro-ecological and natural resource management systems and best practices for sustained agricultural productivity and ecosystem resilience for better livelihoods under a changing climate.
With a focus on agriculture in Africa, the book assesses innovative technologies for use on smallholder farms, and addresses some of the key Sustainable Development Goals to guide innovative responses and enhanced adaptation methods for coping with climate change.
The book is edited by, among others, professor emeritus Bal Ram Singh, professor Lars Olav Eik, and professor Bishal Sitaula from NMBU. It is intended for researchers, students, managers, NGOs, and developmental organizations.