IFPRI releases two new climate change datasets

Focus on Nile and Limpopo river basins
October 27, 2010

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently released two new data sets—the Ethiopia Nile Basin Climate Change Adaptation dataset and the South Africa Limpopo Basin Climate Change Adaptation dataset. Both sets are based on household surveys that were implemented as part of the project Food and Water Security under Global Change: Developing Adaptive Capacity with a Focus on Rural Africa, which was led by Claudia Ringler, senior IFPRI research fellow.

The Ethiopian dataset is based on a household survey that was carried out in the Nile River Basin in Ethiopia by the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). The household sampling frame in Ethiopia was developed to ensure representation for the Nile River Basin at the woreda (district) level regarding level of rainfall patterns in terms of both annual total and variation; the four classes of traditionally defined agro-ecological zones (AEZs) found in the basin; vulnerability of food production systems (through the proxy of frequency of food aid in the past ten years); and irrigation prevalence. All data used for the sample frame is from the Atlas of the Ethiopian Rural Economy, which is available on IFPRI’s website. The dataset contains 1,000 observations from 20 woredas in 5 regional states in Ethiopia (Tigray, Amhara, Oromiya, Benishangul Gumuz, and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP)) within the Ethiopian Nile River Basin.

The related South Africa Limpopo Basin Climate Change Adaptation dataset is based on a survey that was conducted in the Limpopo River Basin in South Africa during 2005 by CEEPA(Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa), University of Pretoria, South Africa. A total of 794 households from 19 districts, in 5 Water Management Areas (WMAs), across 4 provinces of South Africa within the Limpopo basin were sampled. The South Africa sample was designed to capture the diverse agricultural patterns in the basin area: farming strata, type of cultivation (dry land and irrigation), major and minor crops and livestock, and all the sub-catchment areas in each of the 5 WMAs.

Both datasets cover household roaster including background information, farm and non-farm activities, assets, basic services, disease, shocks; land ownership and land holdings; farm machinery, farm buildings, wells and pumps, and wage rates; crop production including production cost and income for seasonal crops and for perennial crops; crop water use; livestock production; access to extension, markets and credit; expenditures on food and income; and climate change and adaptation options. A selection of papers and research briefs related to both datasets can also be downloaded from the same page were the datasets are located (stroll down to see the associated publications).

For more information, contact IFPRI research analyst Yan Sun (y.sun@cgiar.org).