ASAP at a Glance
New and innovative land use solutions are needed to adapt to a rapidly changing climate and to mitigate the predicted impacts on rural livelihoods. Projected changes to current climate patterns are suggested to severely impact southern Africa. This may occur as an increase in drought and flooding events and shifts in rainfall patterns causing a loss of productive cropland, negatively affecting economic, ecological and social aspects of sustainable development.
Agroforestry systems (AFS) present the potential to improve the bio-economy in rural areas, to provide an adaptation strategy for human needs, and to preserve natural resources and biodiversity against climate change influences.
The research project ‘Agroforestry in Southern Africa - new pathways of innovative land use systems under a changing climate (ASAP)’ targets the application of AFS as a suitable response to the impacts of climate change.