Wednesday, January 30, 2018
A new book edited by AIT faculty member Dr. John K. M. Kuwornu titled “Climate Change and Sub-Saharan Africa: The Vulnerability and Adaptation of Food Supply Chain Actors” has just been released. The publication addresses the issue of vulnerability, food supply chains, climate change and variability, adaptation strategies and resilience, finance options, and the role of governmental support and international organizations. [Photo Credit: Asian Institute of Technology]

Published by Vernon Press, the 382-page publication is targeted at students, lecturers, researchers, agribusinesses, marketing firms, agricultural institutions, climate change adaptation institutions, policymakers, and many others with an interest in agricultural development and the global food industry.

“Adverse effects of climate change and climate variability have become some of the biggest environmental and socioeconomic challenges for society and for food supply chain actors, and this threat is not only apparent from the difficulties faced by all food supply chain actors, but it is also felt acutely by households dependent on semi-subsistence agriculture,” says Dr. Kuwornu, who serves as an Associate Professor in AIT’s School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD). The book addresses the issue of vulnerability of food supply chain actors in relation to climate change and climatic variability. The book also analyzes various adaptation strategies as well as how the resilience of food supply chains is being supported by governments as well as national and international organizations, Dr. Kuwornu adds.

Also included in the book is a chapter co-authored by Dr. Avishek Datta, also of AIT. The book’s forewords were contributed by Suresh Babu of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI – Washington, DC), Venkatachalam Anbumozhi of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA – Jakarta), and Prof. Joyashree Roy of AIT. [scienmag.com]

Climate Change and Sub-Saharan Africa:
The Vulnerability and Adaptation of Food Supply Chain Actors

by John K. M. Kuwornu (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), Derick T. Adu, Ali Essossinam, Njodzeka Gilbert Njodzeka (Green Care Association, Cameroon), Mairong Frederick Nsaikii, Bankui Andrew Dzeaye, Moye Eric Kongnso (University of Dschang, Cameroon), Mbu Dora Nyuykighan, Suiven John Paul Tume (Green Care Association, Cameroon), Suhiyini Issah Alhassan, Yaw Bonsu Osei-Asare, Sampson Osei, Armah Ralph Nii Armah, Abdulrazak Karriem, Damba, T. Osman, Joseph Amikuzuno, Christopher Gordon, Adelina Mensah, Elaine Tweneboah Lawson, Franklin Kodzo Avornyo, Mohammed Tiyumtaba Shaibu, Mustapha Abubakar Sadiq, Ramatu M. Al-Hassan, Avishek Datta.

Summary

The adverse effects of climate change and climate variability have become some of the biggest environmental and socio-economic challenges for society, and for food supply chain actors, in particular. Serving as a serious inhibitor to the attainment of food security, climate change poses a fundamental threat to the availability, accessibility, stability and utilization of nutritious food and quality drinking water. The threat of this global phenomenon is not only apparent from the difficulties faced by all food supply chain actors, but is also felt acutely by households dependent on semi-subsistence agriculture. As evidenced by numerous studies conducted by the academic community, governmental and non-governmental organisations, climate change and climate variability will have disastrous effects on entire food supply chains across the world.

This edited volume looks to address: How vulnerable are food supply chain actors to climate change and climatic variability? What adaptation strategies are they adopting? How is the resilience of food supply chains being supported? Are they being financed and/or supported by international organizations to cope with climate change? And what governmental support are they receiving to help cope with climate change?

This book is an essential resource for students, lecturers, researchers, agribusinesses, marketing firms, agricultural institutions, climate change adaptation institutions, policymakers and many others with an interest in agricultural development and the global food industry.