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Impact of Climate Variability on Staple Food Crops Production in Northern Togo

ALI, Essossinam (2018): Impact of Climate Variability on Staple Food Crops Production in Northern Togo. Published in: Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development , Vol. 112, No. 2 (14 December 2018): pp. 321-341.

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Abstract

This study assesses the impact of climate variability on staple food crops production in the Northern regions of Togo using cereal and climate data over the period of 1972-2013. The linear mixed model and generalized linear mixed model are used. The results indicate that maize is the most vulnerable cereal affected by the inter-seasonal and the intra-seasonal variability of temperature and precipitation compared to sorghum and rice in the study areas. However, encouraging water management in rain-fed agriculture would increase the rice production in the study areas. Policy towards the adoption of new technology to improve maize yields and cope with climatic risks is needed. The investment in rain-fed water management, promoting the use of drought-tolerant seeds and improvement of agro-meteorological information and their integration in farmers’ decision making are needed.

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