Vulnerability of wheat sector to climate change

Introduction

The climate in Kazakhstan’s main farming areas provides the preconditions for possible droughts, hot winds, late spring and early autumn frosts and other weather conditions unfavorable for agriculture.

Changing hydrothermal conditions during the growing season influence the occurrence of different diseases of cereal crops due to which the grain quality and harvest may worsen.

There are sufficient land and climate resources for growing the main crops in Kazakhstan. However, harvest losses due to poor weather conditions in some years may reach 50 to 70% in the region. If current trends in global and regional climate change continue supply the whole population with food may become a serious problem.

The project will demonstrate the implications of climate risk to the region’s food security, and will work to ensure that climate change adaptation becomes pivotal in agricultural decision-making processes at the regional, national and local levels. 

Expected outcomes

  • Improved Monitoring and Information Sharing for Climate-Resilient Wheat Production (Kazakhstan);
  • Climate Resilience Developed Through Mainstreaming of Adaptation Measures (Kazakhstan);
  • Regional Dialogue on Wheat, Climate Change and Regional Food Security Supported (Central Asian countries and Afghanistan).

Finance



2012-2014

Total resources

$ 1,102,628

USAID -

$1,000,000

UNDP

$102,628

Project overview
Status
Active
Project start day
2012
Estimated end day
2014
Geographic coverage
Kazakhstan
Focus Area
Environment
MDG
Ensuring environment sustainability
Project officer
Yerlan Zhumabayev, yerlan.zhumabayev@undp.org
Partners
Ministry of Agriculture of the RK, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Water Resources of the RK, JSC “KazAgroInnovation”, RSE “KazHydromet”, National Space Research Institute