How to secure agriculture in East Africa

    Carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is increasing, and humans are mainly to blame. That’s the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report, which involved 259 contributing authors.

    Such a trend is a source of concern, especially for disaster-prone regions such as East Africa.

    “We’re beginning to actually constrain ourselves to the fact that it’s very likely that we will not avoid a 2 degree warmer world and we may be looking at 4 degrees by the end of the century,” said Dennis Garrety, a systems agronomist and renowned researcher who is currently the United Nations drylands ambassador, during a recent webinar hosted by Devex.

    Garrety was joined by C.D. Glin, associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa regional office, for the live chat, where they shared their visions for climate-secure agriculture in East Africa.

    The experts provided provocative — even revolutionary — ideas for securing African agriculture. Watch the above video to learn more.

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    About the author

    • Michael Igoe

      Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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