A new study released recently has warned that production of four major crops — maize, wheat, rice and soybeans — is set to drop dramatically in the next ten years as climate change pushes up temperatures, sparking crop failures and unprecedented food shortages in many countries.
The projection should be a worrying development for Uganda, and several sub-Saharan countries, which are already going through a serious food crisis.
The report released by Centre for Development Research at University of Bonn in Germany shows that production of the crops will collapse because of a projected increase in average temperatures during the growing season.
Opolot Okasai, the Director Crop resources at Agriculture Ministry, told New Vision that the findings of the report are more worrying because the above crops are a staple for many people and are a source of nutrition for many populations.
The study, which examined price and production of the above crops from 1961 to 2013, warns that in 13 years’ time [by 2030] output could be cut by 9%t and by 23% by 2050.