African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6574

Short Communication

Effects of climate change on Rwandan smallholder agriculture

  Mupenzi Jean de la Paix1,2*, Bao Anming1, Li Lanhai1, Jiwen Ge2 and Gabriel Habiyaremye3    
  1Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 818 Beijing Road South, Urumqi, Xinjiang, 830011, China. 2China University of Geosciences, School of Environmental Studies, 388 Lumo Road, Hong Shan Administrative District, 430074 Hubei, China.
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  •  Accepted: 12 January 2011
  •  Published: 04 July 2011

Abstract

 

Considering the current impacts of climate change in the study area, it is concluded that farmers need external help and support to effectively cope with changing climate and to adapt to current and future climate change. Climate plays a central role in agriculture, which is the main stay of the Rwandan economy and community livelihood. Rwanda has experienced the irregularities of rainfall but the impact of climate has no significance on crop production.

 

Key words: Climate change, smallholder agriculture, Rwanda.