‘Climate change will hit maize yields’

New research shows that maize crop yields could decline by up to 20% in the next 35 years as a result of climate change, hitting South Africa’s poor rural communities hard.

These are some of the key findings of a study conducted by researchers from the universities of Cape Town, Venda and Fort Hare and was tabled in parliament yesterday by the Financial and Fiscal Commission.

The researchers studied household vulnerability to climate change in the Nkonkobe municipality in the Eastern Cape and Thulamela municipality in Limpopo.

The majority of the 4 000 households studied in these two communities were involved in subsistence farming and no commercial farmers were surveyed.

-Bianca Capazorio

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