Climate Change & Food Production in East Africa (Started Spring 2010)

eastafricaDate: Started Spring 2010

Funding: $430,000

Author: Jennifer Olson

How those with limited agricultural resources prepare for and adapt to climate change? This is the question posed by MSU researchers, including TISM's own Jennifer Olson. Drought has affected areas of East Africa for many years, causing the region to fall far short of its typical food production. The researchers will create a computerized climate model to evaluate past climate changes on plants, and predict how future changes will affect crops.

Over time, this research will directly benefit the distressed region as the findings will be applied to the breeding of future crops that are better able to withstand the fickle environment. This grant is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s $70 million Climate Change Resilience Initiative.

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