Podcast: how climate change threatens our farms

23 January 2020 | Story Ozayr Patel and Peter Johnston. Photo Al Kags, Pixabay. Read time 5 min.
 

Temperatures across southern Africa are increasing. This presents a threat to many crops across the region. Rainfall projections are uncertain but the impact of climate change on agriculture is clear. The sector will suffer, and food shortages could follow. It is important for farmers to increase resilience and take steps to deal with a changing climate. These steps include increasing agricultural productivity, slowing down post-harvest losses and increasing market access for farmers.

In this episode of Pasha, Peter Johnston, a climate scientist and researcher at the University of Cape Town, discusses how climate change might affect farming in South Africa and what can be done about it.

Music: “Happy African Village” by John Bartmann, found on FreeMusicArchive.org licensed under CC0 1.The Conversation

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