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Climate change is real and will stay with us for decades to come no matter what mitigation strategies we undertake today. However, the wider promotion and uptake of climate-smart and resilient farming technologies that will improve productivity, profitability, enhance climate resilience of the farming communities and have the potential to reduce or prevent environmental damage wherever possible is highly recommended to combat the adverse effects of climate change and variability.

The book “Climate-Smart Agriculture: Evidence-based case studies in South Africa” presents evidence-based research and case studies that have been conducted in South Africa to evaluate the effectiveness, limitations and challenges of different CSA practices applicable to various agricultural commodities. In turn, the provision of comprehensive lessons learned from the undertaken climate-smart initiatives aims to contribute towards the development of informed and effective policies and interventions for resilient and sustainable agriculture and rural development in this region.

Download your copy here: Climate-Smart Agriculture Evidence-based Case Studies in South Africa


Please find below a summary of a climate change response strategy for the deciduous fruit industry, drafted by well-known climate change expert, Dr Stephanie Midgley, Scientist: Climate Change and Risk Assessment at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, and a team of experts including agriculture consulting firm Blue North. The response strategy follows on a climate change modelling project conducted for Hortgro by Dr Midgley and team and is the outcome of intensive consultation with various stakeholders and farmers in all deciduous fruit production regions.

A further strategic document on future-proofing the access of our industry to water has just been commissioned. Both these strategies fall within the ambit of the new resource management and sustainability programme recently initiated by Hortgro.

Download English: Hortgro Climate Change Response Strategy


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