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Deforestation, Climate Change and Food Security Nexus in Sub-Sahara Africa: Content Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 15 February 2019 / Approved: 18 February 2019 / Online: 18 February 2019 (10:16:03 CET)

How to cite: Bamwesigye, D.; Hlavackova, P.; Darkwah, S.A.; Verter, N. Deforestation, Climate Change and Food Security Nexus in Sub-Sahara Africa: Content Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019020154 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0154.v1). Bamwesigye, D.; Hlavackova, P.; Darkwah, S.A.; Verter, N. Deforestation, Climate Change and Food Security Nexus in Sub-Sahara Africa: Content Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019020154 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0154.v1).

Abstract

Like the rest of the globe, Forests in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continue to play a vital role when it comes to food security from the perspective of forest function of climate regulation, water provision, and soil protection. Nevertheless, most of the recent deforestation practices in various countries indicate that the region could face severe food insecurity in the near future since there are already signs of shortage in food production. This study, therefore, examines deforestation, climate change, and food security nexus in SSA while exploring a wide range of examples of food insecurity in the region. Content analysis and a synthetic literature study were conducted using data from scientific data banks. The study links deforestation, climate change to food security while citing examples from various SSA countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya to mention but a few. More so, the study investigates how deforestation contributes to climate change, and how such change directly affects agricultural output and hence food security. Lastly, the study discusses the various implication of deforestation in relation to food security.

Subject Areas

Access, availability, climate change, deforestation, drought, food security, SSA

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