Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Tanzania / Uganda

Africa: Finding the food crops of the future

What will we be able to grow in another 40 years?

Temperatures seem set to soar to perilously high levels because of climate change. In another 40 years, would maize still be the staple food in Kenya, already hit by five failed rainy seasons? If not, what could people grow and eat? And if you could grow maize, how much water and fertilizer would it need?

If you live in the remote semi-arid Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda – beset by 14 droughts in 25 years – you might also want to know what your options are for continued food security.

For the first time, a customized regional climate model linked to crop growing and water models, run on a supercomputer at Michigan State University (MSU), will help provide crop breeders in three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania – with detailed answers on crop yields.

… ILRI’s Bruce Scott said they would be looking for innovative solutions using bioscience to improve crop resilience to climate change, or perhaps to improve the shelf-life of a food product.

Read more (IRIN Africa)

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