Assessment Of Climate Variability, Post-harvest Losses And Household Food Security In Kayonza District, Rwanda
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Attention shifted to addressing the challenge of postharvest losses after the 1970s food crisis. But once food commodity prices started to fall, no one seemed to care anymore. Now postharvest loss is gaining attention again because of the blow that climate change is dealing with farmers’ harvests across regions of the world. Through impacts like shifting and unpredictable rainfall patterns, prolonged drought events, flooding, bush fires, desertification and losses that occur during postharvest handling, climate change causes serious loss of agricultural harvests leading to economic loss and threatening food security of smallholders. Currently, Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a worsened food insecurity because of its low preparedness to climate change. This is a region that is predicted to add an additional 1 billion to its current population by half this century. How then does Africa feed Africa?