Agricultural transitions in a changing climate

Over at the Garama website I’ve written an opinion piece in response to the African Development Bank’s recent statements about the importance of transitioning from traditional subsistence to modern commercial agriculture in Africa. While commercialisation is not necessarily bad in and of itself, the history of development policy in Africa offers us some cautionary lessons. These are particularly pertinent in the context of climate change. Check out the article here.

About Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks is a climate change specialist with a background in climate science. Nick currently works as an independent consultant, focusing on climate change and international development, climate risk assessment and adaptation. He also conducts research into past climatic changes and their impacts on human societies, focusing on the Middle Holocene and the northern hemisphere sub-tropical arid belt, and the Sahara in particular. Nick is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, and a co-director of the Western Sahara Project. Nick holds a degree in Geophysics from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in climatology from the University of East Anglia.
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