Can Uganda combat the climate change threat to East African food security?
Source: Harvard Business School (author Leah Kaplow)
Description: Today, 83% of Ugandan households are considered food secure, but the country is a vital exporter of agricultural products to neighboring countries that face food shortages. Most estimates expect substantial decreases in production of staple crops by the mid-21st century as a result of droughts, floods, natural disasters, pests, and diseases caused by climate change. Specifically, bean production could decrease by as much as 70%; sorghum by as much as 25%. A 2012 study estimates that over 70% of smallholder farmers will be adversely impacted not to mention impacts on exports, GDP, and regional food security.