Climatic risk in crop production
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CTA. 1991. Climatic risk in crop production. Spore 35. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Climatic risk in crop production: models and management for the semiarid Tropics and Subtropics edited by R C Muchow and J A Bellamy 1991 550pp UKL49.50 ISBN 0 85198 665 X CAB International, Wallingford Oxon OX 10 8DE, UK
Farmers around the world have to cope with apparently unpredictable climatic hazards. Droughts and floods, sudden extreme heat or cold which are merely inconveniences to most people are of much greater concern to farmers. Their livelihoods are affected and often their lives themselves are at stake. In order to survive they must farm efficiently under conditions of climatic risk. This is particularly true of the semi-arid regions. Many of the countries of the Tropics and Subtropics face similar problems of rainfall variability, often under conditions of extreme population pressure. In July 1990, a group of scientists and economists met in Brisbane, Australia, to participate in a symposium on climatic risk in crop production; the resulting book contains 24 invited papers given at the symposium. It reviews progress in methods for quantifying climatic risk, in reducing that risk and uncertainty by improved long term weather forecasting, and in developing management strategies to cope with climatic risk. The book is divided into seven parts: the importance of climatic variability m crop production, estimating climatic risk to crop production (methods); estimating risk (applications); optimizing agronomic practice in response to climatic risk; decision-making to reduce risk of crop failure; prospects for, and implications of, improved weather prediction, and setting priorities for research. At a time when it is becoming widely acknowledged that climatic variations will increase, these analyses are particularly welcome. Climatic risk in crop production: models and management for the semiarid Tropics and Subtropics edited by R C Muchow and J A Bellamy 1991 550pp UKL49.50 ISBN 0 85198 665 X CAB International, Wallingford Oxon OX 10 8DE, UK