Drought ranks quite highly in terms of weather-related economic impacts, with annual losses nearing US$ 90 billion per year. Apart from their direct economic impacts, droughts can threaten drinking water supplies and ecosystems, damage agriculture in a significant way, and contribute to increased food prices. In addition, crop failures, which are occurring more frequently as a result of extended droughts, pose a direct threat to the livelihood of millions of people across Africa. With the intensification of climate change, dry periods in most of Africa are expected to become longer and more frequent, bringing alone much damage to agriculture systems, and negatively influencing the livelihood of hundreds of millions of people.
The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change influences droughts in Africa, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in the region to adapt. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by droughts in Africa, especially the ways of increasing the resilience of agriculture systems and of communities and traditional populations.
|Veranstalter:||Strathmore University in Kenya, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, ICCIP|
|Veranstaltungsort:||Nairobi, Kenya (tbd)|
|Beginn:||16.10.2017 08:00 Uhr|
|Ende:||18.10.2017 18:00 Uhr|