Managing Climate Risk to Agriculture and Water Resources in South Africa

The Western Cape is South Africa's most valuable agricultural area and makes a substantial contribution to the country's balance of payments. But the Cape is experiencing rapid growth in water demand and increasing competition between agricultural and urban use. Moreover, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report Emission Series (SRES) consistently suggests a future reduction in rainfall. Given the potential overlap between climate change and existing forms of climate variability, this project seeks to integrate the current treatment of seasonal and annual climate variability with decadal forecasts and long-term scenarios (up to 2050) generated by global climate models, also known as general circulation models (GCMs). The project will feature a previously tested model, extensive stakeholder engagement and capacity-building for local scientists. The idea is to enable private and public institutions in the Western Cape and the country to better integrate information on climate change and climate variability into water resources policy, planning and management.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Kituyi, Evans N.

Total funding

CA$ 999,749


South Africa, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Dr. Daniel Barend Louw


University of the Free State

Institution Country

South Africa

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