Today, FANRPAN, CCAFS, and IFPRI launched a newly published book, Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis, at FANRPAN’s 2013 Annual High-level Food Security Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue held in Maseru, Lesotho. Among those in attendance were deans of almost a dozen agricultural colleges in Southern Africa, a former prime minister (of the Kingdom of Swaziland), donors, NGOs, farmers, students, and researchers. The group was well-represented by women in all these categories.
The book is edited by Sepo Hachigonta, Gerald C. Nelson, Timothy S. Thomas, and Lindiwe Sibanda. The purpose of the book is to help policymakers, researchers, NGOs, donors, and extension agents better understand the likely impacts of climate change on agriculture over the next 40 years, and to give them advice on the types of policies that could be implemented that would best help farmers adapt to the changes.