Stephen Whitfield – University of Leeds
Through cross-disciplinary research, we are building a picture of present day agriculture and food systems in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, as a basis for envisaging and evaluating possible futures for these systems.
We are drawing together existing knowledge on the opportunities and challenges for climate-smart agriculture and on the broader policy and institutional environment in which agricultural and food system change is taking place.
We are co-developing and carrying out research across that incorporates agronomy, climate science, ecology, social and political science, plant science, and food science and nutrition.
This collaborative research will also incorporate training and building capacity amongst UK and African scholars.
In each country we will carry out a scenario-building exercise, working with key stakeholders to describe potential futures for agri-food systems and plausible trajectories of change in diets, climate, food production, trade, land-use emissions, agricultural technologies and socio-economics up to 2050. Our cross-disciplinary research will help to establish baselines for these future scenarios and to evaluate technologies, land management practices, institutional environments, and knowledge gaps associated with them.
Our experimental on-farm research aims to fill knowledge gaps and enable knowledge exchange between local farmers and UK and in-country agronomists, covering areas such as soil conservation, post-harvest storage, fungal toxin contamination, crop breeding, and crop pests and pollinators. We are also using socio-economic tools to assess the vulnerability of households to climate change, their access to resources and information, and the effectiveness of different forms of information sharing and technology promotion.
Research will be carried out in collaboration with academic, policy and industry partners, and the research findings and discussions over their implications for policy and practice will feed into the wider policy engagement activity taking place within GCRF-AFRICAP.
By Martha Chikoti Peter Chilunje, a smallholder farmer in central Malawi, grows maize, the national staple. Each time there is a drought, his family only has enough food to last them until the next harvest. “In drought years, the maize we produce…
By Lindi Botha Vegetable farmer, Solly Letsoalo, cannot wait for the national lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to be lifted. It has brought down his business. Letsoalo (47) grows tomatoes, butternuts, green beans and baby marrows which he sells to…
By Mantoe Phakathi The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations in South Africa and Zambia implementing the AFRICAP programme to change their strategies. Following the outbreak of the virus which has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), citizens…
On 28 November 2019, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in partnership with the (GIZ) GmbH, SADC Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Areas in Southern Africa (ACCRA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), the Centre for…
- WP1: Climate Smart Food Systems (CSFS) Policy Evaluation and Evidence based Enhancement and Trialling in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia
- WP2: Evaluation of CA Interventions in Maize-based systems of central and southern Malawi
- WP3: Characterising and Evaluating models of climate-smart agriculture and food system (CSAFS) innovation and intervention in Tanzania
- WP4: Assessing key drivers and determinants of food loss, aflatoxins, and impact on nutrition and health in Africa
- WP5: Crop Breeding and Seed Systems for Climate Change Adaptation in Zambia and South Africa
- WP6: Ecological and economic flows between commercial and smallholder agriculture in South Africa
- WP7: Root system architecture and rhizosphere interactions for climate-smart agriculture in Malawi and Tanzania
- WP8: Climate Science for AFRICAP
Research Project Outlines
- Climate Science
- Farm size effects on production, distribution and dynamics
- Smallholder and commercial agricultural management processes and interactions
- Root system architecture and rhizosphere interactions for client-smart agriculture in Malawi and Tanzania
- Improving Preparedness to Agro-Climatic Extremes in Malawi (IPACE-Malawi)
- Assessing Key Drivers and Determinants of Food Loss and Aflatoxins and Evaluating Impact on Nutrition and Health in Africa
- Crop Breeding and Seed Systems for Climate Change Adaptation in Zambia and South Africa
- Evaluation of CA Interventions in Maize-based systems of central and southern Malawi