Food, Climate and Tanzania

Nearly 100 researchers gathered in Morogoro, Tanzania, Nov. 13-15 for a conference titled “Climate Change, Sustainable Intensification and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The conference was hosted by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), the Norwegian University of Life Sciencesand the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) — a major food security project in Tanzania funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and administered by Ohio State's College of Food, Agriculture and Environmetnal Sciences’ Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA). The Ohio State University leads a consortium of five other U.S. land grant universities to implement iAGRI, a project designed to strengthen SUA’s training and research capacity.

Presenters and discussions at the conference, which spanned three days, addressed climate change as an overarching major challenge to agricultural and food systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. government’s primary global hunger and food security program, sub-Saharan Africa is chronically vulnerable to food insecurity due to increasing population and concomitant increased demand for food. Additional challenges to agricultural production attributable to climate change include temperature changes, shifts in rainfall, droughts, floods, degraded soils, plant pests and animal diseases.

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Tags: energy, food production, food security