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Title:Rainfall variability in tropical africa: some implications for policy
Author:Farmer, Graham
Year:1986
Periodical:Land Use Policy (ISSN 0264-8377)
Volume:3
Issue:4
Pages:336-342
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:agricultural policy
rain
Link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0264-8377(86)90029-3
Abstract:Out of all the climatic variables that are measured, the most relevant one in tropical Africa is rainfall, both by its amount and variability. This article introduces the 'baseline' rainfall climatology of Africa and looks at examples (Kenya, the Sahel) of rainfall fluctuations within the last 50 years. The author puts forward some suggestions on the implications of such variability for planning and policy making. Particularly, he argues that agricultural policy and planning must use the most recent rainfall data. Notes, ref., sum.
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