Dr Olivier Crespo
Climate System and Analysis Group, Environmental and Geographical Science department, University of Cape Town
in short CSAG, EGS dept., UCT
With increasing population on one side and climate changing on the other, the already complex food production systems are under unprecedented pressure. I want to take part in facing these challenges, through the use of crop (suitability) modelling, under seasonal and/or long term climate change, targeting better understanding of adaptation pathways and their feasibility, to increase resilience of African farming communities.
Involved in consultancy and research projects, I participate to the improvement of global agricultural modelling (e.g. with AgMIP, MOSAICC), a better understanding of climate impacts on the agricultural sector (e.g. with IFAD, WRC), and enhance adaptation capacity in developing and developed countries (e.g. with FAO). Recently I developed stronger focus and engagement with shorter time scales (month to annual) which is proving to be of high interests and of critical concern to vulnerable farming communities in Africa.