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Global climate change: A big advantage for Tanzania!

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    Honolulu JF-Expert Member

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    Tanzania: Where Climate Change Could Be a Good Thing?

    Takepart.com – Wed, Aug 1, 2012

    Tanzania could actually benefit from climate change by increasing corn exports to the United States and other countries that may have more difficulty producing the crop in the future, according to a new study.
    Researchers at Stanford, Purdue University, and the World Bank set out to determine how certain trade policies might provide a buffer for countries like Tanzania from the worst effects of climate change.
    Tanzania, they found, could take advantage of worsening drought in countries like the U.S., China, and, India by selling more maize, its staple crop, to places with less rainfall.
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    The study, which was published in Review of Development Economics, used economic, climatic, and agricultural data, along with computational models, to forecast weather in Tanzania for its international trading partners for the next nine decades.
    The country will have adequate and moist growing weather in most of the years that its African trading partners will experience severe dry spells, they found. In 96 percent of the years that the U.S. and China are predicted to be dry and inhospitable for farming, Tanzania will not suffer drought.
    Furthermore, because poverty rates have dropped historically in the East African nation during years that produced a lot of maize, study authors argue that an increase in climate-change-related exports might reduce poverty in Tanzania. Yes, you read that right: climate change will lift Tanzanians out of poverty.
    However, the researchers cautioned that the Tanzanian government would have to create more open-trade policies so that citizens could take advantage of surplus maize. The government has a history of issuing heavy controls over its trade policies.
    In 2011, the Tanzanian government banned maize exports, a policy it implemented to try to ensure food security in the country as its East African neighbors were enduring famine. But some analysts believe the practice merely enriched the wealthy and hurt the rural poor. The ban was lifted earlier this year.
    Current "trade policies and international agreements implicitly reflect the climate that we have now," says Noah Diffenbaugh, co-author of the study, and assistant professor of environmental Earth system science at Stanford's School of Earth Sciences.
    In the future, countries will need to reevaluate their trade policies and work with partners to ensure that trade can mitigate the coming food shortages. "The greater level of integration, the greater potential to buffer any country when there's a [climate] shock," Diffenbaugh told TakePart.
    Many developing countries rely heavily on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and tourism-all industries that are likely to be impacted by climate change, according to a 2009 report by the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme. Countries that are disadvantaged in certain sectors will likely have to rely on trade with other nations to meet their needs.
    Right when the local food movement is hitting primetime, a growing body of literature seeks to understand how climate change will shift the way food will be shuffled around the world. Which international mechanisms and infrastructure will govern these shifts will likely be a matter of much debate.
    Trading, of course, involves emitting greenhouse gases by transporting massive quantities of goods-something else that countries will have to take into account as they seek to lower their ecological footprints while simultaneously providing for their citizens.
    Food for thought: according to the World Trade Organization, the most carbon-efficient method for shipping goods internationally is maritime transport.
    How do you feel about a country potentially benefitting economically from climate change?
  2. Tekelinalokujia

    Tekelinalokujia JF-Expert Member

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    that climate change can can be of that good advantage to TZ, but can we take advantage of it? only if we change our mind set from depending and start working our asses out seriously in all aspects then we shall be able to make it, other wise they will come and take that benefit from us and give us bakshish from our own goods. We need a leader with a vision ahead with a will to change TZ to the future.
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    Tuko JF Bronze Member

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    US is the leading green house gases emitter. Tanzania and the likes are very litle to feed corn to even the dairy sector in US. I thnk they have to change their strategies. Furthermore, trying to demand free trade policy at this time shows that they are planning to come and grab our land and feed their country. We better be careful.
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    Kaizer JF-Expert Member

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    Exactly. The motive is just there; we need to read the fine print in their recommendations!
  5. Fixed Point

    Fixed Point JF Bronze Member

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    Hapa mwandishi anazungumzia Tanzania hii hii? Kasema many developing countries depend on agriculture....., anajua kwamba hicho kilimo kinachotegemewa ni rain-fed? Hivi tukiangalia patterns/variability ya rainfall Tanzania ni kama ile ya zamani? Kwa hawa wakulima wetu wanaweza kukabiliana na hiyo change ya rainfall na kufanikiwa kuproduce kwa ajili ya nchi na ziada kupeleka huko Marekani?
    Nakubaliana na wachangiaji wengine labda hii ni janja ya wao kutaka kuja kutuonyesha mfano. Kama ni kwa nia njema na mikataba iliyosainiwa na watu wenye uchungu wa nchi yetu, tunawakaribisha sana.
  6. Raia Fulani

    Raia Fulani JF-Expert Member

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    sasa mahindi yetu yakienda marekani si wataenda kulishia ng'ombe?