Monday, August 9, 2010

Adaptation strategies collected

IRIN: Crops that mature faster and are tolerant of more frequent and intense droughts top the list of how most countries adapt their food production to climate change, says a new paper. The discussion paper, led by Jonathan Makau Nzuma from the University of Nairobi and produced by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looked at adaptation in agriculture in 10 sub-Saharan countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The paper lists 26 adaptation strategies - two of which are common to all 10 countries, and five that are common to more than five countries - and reviews what progress has been made in adapting to erratic weather patterns.

…All the countries had built adaptation strategies into their development plans, and most countries were already implementing some of the strategies. Here are the top seven strategies:

1. Develop drought-tolerant and early-maturing crop varieties
2. Look at new and renewable energy resources such as solar power
3. Use small dams to harvest rainwater
4. Cross-breed to produce hardier species; reduce the number of livestock overall by sale or slaughter
5. Conserve pastureland by designating no-grazing areas, and keeping smaller livestock like sheep and goats
6. Conserv[e and restore] vegetation in degraded areas
7. Develop... Integrated Disease Surveillance Response systems and emergency preparedness to prevent, mitigate and respond to agricultural epidemics

Meadows and water in the area known as the "Wormer- en Jisperveld" in the municipality of Wormer in the Netherlands, as seen in a roughly northernly direction from the road between the villages Jisp and Neck. Shot by Wolk

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