Climate & Agriculture 1: African food imports increase, while agricultural dependence stays high

Yes, we have many simultaneous climate series running here at Bits of Science. For instance one about the global temperature trend, another about sea level rise – and of course our series about climate change as a driver to the Anthropocene Mass Extinction (part 47 published last week).

Today we have decided to start another one – about yet another important field where our climate interacts with another crucial system: agriculture. Our main interest will be net productivity, while keeping in mind we have to feed a growing human population on a decreasing amount of land, considering the simultaneous extinction crisis.

Africa already became a net importer of agricultural products in the 1970s and a net importer of food in the 1980s. This import dependency has further increased over the…

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