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Climate change and agricultural vulnerability: a case study of rain-fed wheat in Kairouan, Central Tunisia

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In the Maghreb and North African regions, the interannual climate variability causes severe impacts on agriculture through long drought episodes. Impacts are expected to increase due to projected climate change. Decreasing water availability will have a direct impact on the agriculture sector and could endanger the socioeconomic development and social stability in Tunisia where rain-fed agriculture represents the main occupancy and means of subsistence for the large rural population.

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We would like to thank Raoudha Mougou for leading the work, which delivered this paper. We regret that the paper is only published after her sudden death.

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Mougou, R., Mansour, M., Iglesias, A. et al. Climate change and agricultural vulnerability: a case study of rain-fed wheat in Kairouan, Central Tunisia. Reg Environ Change 11, 137–142 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-010-0179-4

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Keywords

  • North Africa
  • Drought
  • Climate scenarios
  • Rain-fed wheat
  • Agricultural production
  • Agriculture
  • Maghreb
  • Climate change
  • Climate impact