Tortillas on the roaster: Central America maize-bean systems and the changing climate

Published on 13 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 March 2011 | End Date: 31 December 2011


This project seeks to contribute to more resilient maize-bean production systems and to increasing the capacity of vulnerable farmers to adapt to climate change by achieving the following outputs:

  1. Downscaled global and regional climate models to local levels (increased resolution).
  2. Predicted impact of climate change on the maize and bean production systems in Central America including yield, quality, pests and diseases, and their interactions.
  3. Quantified impacts on maize-bean production systems and their consequences on socio-economic indicators such as farmers’ livelihoods, income and gender and also on food safety, migration patterns, human health and water/land conflicts.
  4. Adaptation hot spots identified.
  5. Local adaptation and mitigation strategies developed using participatory methods.
  6. To achieve the above outputs we plan to work along two main activity lines: A) the analyses of climate change impact and B) the targeting of future interventions.

Donor: Howard Buffet Foundation

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