Ethiopian Adaptation to Climate Change Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Briefing for Journalists

Adapting to Climate Change: Farmers’ Options and Obstacles, Insights from Ethiopia & South Africa

Climate change will have a major impact on the availability of water and food in the coming decades. Poor, rural households in Africa will be most affected as their incomes, food, and employment are largely dependent on rainfed agriculture. Research shows that Ethiopia is one of the most vulnerable countries with the least capacity to adapt and respond. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its partners conducted a study of households in the Nile Basin in Ethiopia, and in South Africa’s Limpopo River Basin, to determine farmers’ ability to cope with the negative effects of climate change, to identify the key barriers that prevent them from adapting, which regions and households are most vulnerable to climate change, and what policies should be implemented to help farmers and poor households.

WHAT: Press Briefing for Journalists to share the findings from the study

WHEN:

10:00 A.M. on morning of Wednesday, December 10

WHO:

Dr. Mark Rosegrant, Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI

Dr. Claudia Ringler, Project Leader and Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Mr. Temesgen Deressa, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa

WHERE:

Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Conference Room, First Floor

EDRI is located in front of the National Stadium, Road Transport Blue Building – left wing

For more detailed directions, please call Ms. Freweini Berhane, cell phone 0911 644818

To participate in the press briefing, please reply to this email. (Michele Pietrowski: m.pietrowski@cgiar.org)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations. www.ifpri.org