Rice availability and stability in Africa under future socio-economic development and climatic change

De Vos, K., Janssens, C., Jacobs, L., Campforts, B., Boere, E., Kozicka, M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2323-3689, Havlik, P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5551-5085, Folberth, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6738-5238, et al. (2023). Rice availability and stability in Africa under future socio-economic development and climatic change. Nature Food 10.1038/s43016-023-00770-5.

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As Africa is facing multiple challenges related to food security, frameworks integrating production and availability are urgent for policymaking. Attention should be given not only to gradual socio-economic and climatic changes but also to their temporal variability. Here we present an integrated framework that allows one to assess the impacts of socio-economic development, gradual climate change and climate anomalies. We apply this framework to rice production and consumption in Africa whereby we explicitly account for the continent’s dependency on imported rice. We show that socio-economic development dictates rice availability, whereas climate change has only minor effects in the long term and is predicted not to amplify supply shocks. Still, rainfed-dominated or self-producing regions are sensitive to local climatic anomalies, while trade dominates stability in import-dependent regions. Our study suggests that facilitating agricultural development and limiting trade barriers are key in relieving future challenges to rice availability and stability.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services (AFE)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2023 19:26
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2023 19:26
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/18858

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