Climate-Agriculture Project (2009-Present)


CLIP’s Climate-Agriculture Project focuses on how climate change is affecting food production in East Africa and Zambia.

CLIP has developed regionally specific climate and crop models to better understand the impact of local-level climate processes on crop growth processes. The team provides data, information, and maps for countries to better adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. Understanding climate change effects on food production will allow policy-makers to develop successful climate change adaptation strategies.


The study area encompasses the savanna areas of Kenya and Tanzania. Researchers are using multiple methods and information sources in this project to identify the interactions in the coupled human-biophysical system. Our interdisciplinary team has expertise in spatial and temporal analysis, long-term field research on the impact of climate and other environmental changes on society in East Africa, and the use of existing datasets and models including a regional climate model calibrated for the region.


The team is composed of climatologists, experts in land use/cover change, remote sensing, meteorology, geographic information systems, and ecology.


Our collaborating institutions include Michigan State University, the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, Ohio University, Virginia Tech University, The University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the National Science Foundation.


Funding for this project is provided by

  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • National Science Foundation

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