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Southern African Agriculture and Climate Change

Demographic trends such as population growth, urbanisation of coastal areas and the encroachment of populations into ecologically marginal areas can exacerbate climate risks in southern Africa. This is a comprehensive analysis of the climate change impact on the region’s agriculture – the primary source of employment and income for most of the rural population.

Scenarios in eight countries are illustrated: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It offers recommendations for how policymakers can build flexibility and resilience into development policies.

Part of a three-part series looking at climate change and agriculture in three regions of Africa: West Africa, East Africa, and Southern Africa.