Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Climate Resilient Crops

map showing the potential yield of groundnut across Africa under a high emissisions model of climate change

The Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) has released an interactive map which visualizes how different crops will be affected by climate change in Africa. The visualization focuses on climate-resilient crop varieties in order to help identify the most promising crops for the changing climate.

The VACS Explorer maps out where in Africa climate-resilient crops will likely have bigger and smaller yields under two different climate change models (Low Emissions and High Emissions). On each crop map areas likely to experience increased yields of a crop after climate change are colored green, while areas where yields are expected to fall are shown in orange. If you hover over an area on the map you can discover the exact percentage of the expected increase or fall in yields of the visualized crop.

It is also possible to view which varieties of different food groups will have the highest increase in yields across all of Africa (legumes, vegetables, cereals, seeds & nuts, and roots and tubers). For example if you select to view vegetables then different colors are used for tomatoes, eggplant, okra and Joseph's coat, to show where each of these vegetable varieties will be the crop with the largest increase in yields as a result of climate change. 

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