Mafikeng researcher contributes to World Bank report on climate change
A research report on global climate change mitigation recently released by The World Bank in Washington, DC boasts a contribution from a researcher at North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus.
Prof Oladimeji Oladele, Acting Director of the School of Agricultural Sciences, conducted the meta-analysis for Africa for Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils. It comprised a review of the scientific literature on soil carbon sequestration in Africa and was carried out to assess the greenhouse gas mitigation potential of different land use options, using on-line scholarly and scientific databases as well as more general search engines such as Google. The review covered 21 land management practices in 32 countries, with some 880 articles published in journals across the African continent.
The review has revealed that there is high potential to sequester additional carbon through land management practices. The performance depends on soil properties and climatic conditions, as well as the degree of soil degradation at the time of intervention. The potential of these land management practices for climate change mitigation should therefore not be selectively considered but explored in the context of factors that may affect the application of each land management practice and the prevailing conditions.
To enhance a holistic approach and reduce some of the constraints inhibiting the positive effects of land management practices for carbon sequestration, the practices should be integrated into larger sustainable development and livelihoods strategies and practices.
This underscores the need for agriculture students to become knowledgeable in the different specializations of agriculture and agricultural practices, rather than focusing on any narrow aspect to the exclusion of other areas.
The read the full report, go to: www.worldbank.org/ard
Prof Oladimeji Oladele