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22.01.2020 Article

Pasha 50: The threat of climate change to South Africa's agriculture

By Ozayr Patel - The Conversation

              
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LISTEN JAN 22, 2020
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Temperatures across southern Africa are increasing. This presents a threat to many crops across the region. Rainfall projections are uncertain but the impact of climate change on agriculture is clear. The sector will suffer, and food shortages could follow. It is important for farmers to increase resilience and take steps to deal with a changing climate. These steps include increasing agricultural productivity, slowing down post-harvest losses and increasing market access for farmers.

In today's episode of Pasha, Peter Johnston, a climate scientist and researcher at the University of Cape Town, discusses how climate change might affect farming in South Africa and what can be done about it.

Read more: Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how

Photo: By Kobus Tollig – Image of a sunrise at a wheat field on a farm in South Africa. Shutterstock

Music “Happy African Village” by John Bartmann, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1.

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