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Tripling Africa’s cereal production with low emissions

This briefing from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) notes that demand for five cereals in sub-Saharan Africa is set to almost triple by 2050. It argues that it is possible for the region to be self-sufficient in cereals by 2050 using only the current area of cereal farmland, but that this requires significantly higher fertiliser use. To keep greenhouse gas emissions to the minimum possible will require suitable crop varieties, careful nutrient management, optimum planting densities and protection of crops against weeds, pests and diseases.

Read the full brief, Minimum emission pathways to triple Africa’s cereal production by 2050, here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource building block What is sustainable intensification?

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09 Dec 2019
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