Cereals

Assessing climate adaptation options and uncertainties for cereal systems in West Africa

In the coming decades, the already fragile agricultural system in West Africa will face further challenges in meeting food security, both from increasing population and from the impacts of climate change. Optimal prioritization of adaptation investments requires the assessment of various possible adaptation options and their uncertainties; successful adaptations of agriculture to climate change should not only help farmers deal with current climate risks, but also reduce negative (or enhance positive) impacts associated with climate change using robust climate projections.

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Guan, K., Sultan, B., Biasutti, M., Baron, C., & Lobell, D. B. (2017). Assessing climate adaptation options and uncertainties for cereal systems in West Africa. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 232, 291-305. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.07.021

Analysis of Food Cereal Products

Cereals are grasses grown for their edible seeds and comprise a major portion of the food crops in the world. An estimated 2.1 billion metric tons of cereals are produced annually (20). Cereals include wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), rice (Oryza sativa L.), maize (Zea mays L. subsp. mays), barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), oat (Avena sativa L.), rye (Secale cereale L.), grain sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench], proso (Panicum miliaceum L.), millet (Pennisetum spp.), teff [Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter], and Job's tears (Coix lacryma-jobi L.).

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