The Grain SA research and policy centre team visited Rhodes University in March to meet role players in the climate resilience consortium. These role players included members of the Agricultural Research Council, Sensako, the University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University. The aim of the meeting was to bring together expertise from various institutions to assess how industry can tackle the effects of global warming on crop production. Ultimately, this consortium aims to ensure that research infrastructure and programmes are in line with longer-term future conditions.
The visit identified increased temperatures, more frequent droughts, erratic rainfall, elevated CO2 levels and other key aspects of concern. The day culminated with a tour of the elevated CO2 chambers at Rhodes University that are capable of testing crop response under future climatic conditions. – Grain SA