HORTINLEA – SP8 Climate Change and Ecological Sustainability of Horticultural Value Chains


Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to be one of the world’s regions worst affected by climate change, with ecological, social and economic consequences, including for food security, food availability and farmers’ incomes. Climate change threatens agricultural production in this region and yield reductions are expected for major crops; however, at the same time there is a need to increase overall food supplies for a growing population. This sub-project will analyse the impacts of climate change on horticultural production and discuss wider environmental sustainability issues, considering different farming systems, including smallholders, outgrowers, export farms and urban/peri-urban glasshouse production. The sub-project will identify opportunities both for adapting to a changing climate and for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) on farms and along value chains. This will help producers and other stakeholders to contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts which both are urgently needed. The sub-project will also try to identify the most important synergies between adaptation and mitigation, taking into account concepts such as sustainable intensification and conservation agriculture.


Principal Investigators
Bokelmann, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Details) (Economics of Horticultural Production)

Duration of Project
Start date: 07/2013
End date: 12/2018

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