Impact of Climate Variability on Agriculture and Food Security in Ugandan Households

Authors: Erika Munshi*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Maia Call, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , Clark Gray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Topics: Africa, Agricultural Geography, Land Use
Keywords: Climate change, East Africa, Uganda, agriculture, food security
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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There is widespread interest in the impact of climate variability on agriculture productivity, specifically in developing nations where crop revenue serves as the base of the local economy. Climate variability may have particularly negative consequences on the productivity of smallholder farms in East Africa where agriculture is primarily rain-fed. In this paper we analyze the impact of climate change on Ugandan households. By linking CRU gridded climate data to the LSMS-ISA longitudinal household survey, we can understand how climate variability is impacting food security and smallholder land use. Preliminary multivariate analysis shows that survey respondents are more likely to report food insecurity as a result of drought. Further analysis will illustrate the impact of climate change on agriculture and food insecurity with greater depth.

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