Resource for Theme 'Agriculture, fisheries and food security'
CDKN Inside Story: The case for Evergreen Agriculture in Africa – Enhancing food security with climate change adaptation and mitigation in Zambia
admin | 2012-07-25 00:06
Date of publication: 2012-07-25
Associated Organization: CDKN
Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security
Regions: Southern Africa
Zambia, like much of Africa, is reliant on maize production for its food security. However, maize yields average only about 1 tonne per hectare (ha), so even a moderate decline in harvests can be devastating for food security. Climate change is a critical concern, with declining or more erratic rainfall likely to result in lower production and less predictable harvests. Also, current production methods leave the soil deplete of nutrients, leading to land degradation which further threatens livelihoods and food security. Since the mid-1990s, Zambia’s Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) and the World Agroforestry Centre have been pioneering “evergreen agriculture” solutions to address these problems.