In the newly established consortium, Climate Change, the focus is to bring together national, regional and international experts that can add value to the many challenges climate change is posing. The recent 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought has devastated grain production. Climate projections suggest heat stress is going to become an increasing threat to grain production in Southern Africa.
Improved germplasm will play a vital component of adaptation strategies. Other research objectives includes investigating performance of C3 and C4 plants under elevated CO2 and elevated temperatures. A high priority here is to gain access to quality seed through public-private multi-stakeholder collaboration for all grains and oilseeds.