Peer-reviewed academic publications

This list includes selected peer-reviewed academic publications from different members of the PIK working group “Adaptation in Agricultural Systems” since 2020. The publications in this list were either developed closely alongside the AGRICA project or have a high thematic or regional relevance to the project, due to their focus on climate impacts on agriculture and related issues like rural household vulnerability, land tenure and migration in a sub-Saharan African context. If you would like to know more about any of the publications or face difficulties in accessing them, feel free to reach out directly to their respective authors or to Julia Tomalka (


Arumugam, Chemura, Aschenbrenner, Schauberger & Gornott (2023). Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies: An assessment on sorghum for Burkina Faso, European Journal of Agronomy, Vol. 142, No. 126655,


Chemura, Kutywayo, Hikwa & Gornott (2022). Climate change and cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott) production: Assessing impacts and potential adaptation strategies in Zimbabwe, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Vol. 27, No. 6,

Chemura, Nangombe, Gleixner, Chinyoka & Gornott (2022). Changes in climate extremes and their effect on maize (Zea mays L.) suitability over Southern Africa, Frontiers in Climate, 1 July 2022,

Laudien, Schauberger, Waid & Gornott (2022). A forecast of staple crop production in Burkina Faso to enable early warnings of shortages in domestic food availability, Nature Scientific Reports, Vol. 12, No. 1638,

Murken & Gornott (2022). The importance of different land tenure systems for farmers’ response to climate change: a systematic review, Climate Risk Management, Vol. 35, No. 100419,


Chemura, Mudereri, Yalew & Gornott (2021). Climate change and specialty coffee potential in Ethiopia, Nature Scientific Reports, Vol. 11, No. 8097,

Chemura, Yalew & Gornott (2021). Quantifying agroforestry yield buffering potential under climate change in the smallholder maize farming systems of Ethiopia, Frontiers in Agronomy, 1 February 2021,

Habtemariam, Gornott, Hoffmann & Sieber (2021). Farm production diversity and household dietary diversity: panel data evidence from rural households in Tanzania, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 17 May 2021,

Musundire, Chidewe, Samende, Chemura, Bangira, Andika & Chiwona-Karltun (2021). Soil characteristics and nutritional traits of Mactrotermes natalensis (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae) as indicators of nutritional quality in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, Vol. 41, No. 2113-2124, https://doi:10.1007/s42690-020-00394-3.

Shukla, Gleixner, Yalew, Schauberger, Sietz & Gornott (2021). Dynamic vulnerability of smallholder agricultural systems in the face of climate change for Ethiopia, Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 16, No. 4, http://doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abdb5c.

Vinke, Rottmann, Gornott, Zabre, Schwerdtle & Sauerborn (2021). Is migration an effective adaptation to climate-related agricultural distress in sub-Saharan Africa, Population and Environment, Vol. 43, No. 319-345,

Volk, Gornott, Sieber & Lana (2021). Can Tanzania’s adaptation measures prevent future maize yield decline? A simulation study from Singida Region, Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 21, No. 94,


Chemura, Rwasoka, Mutanga, Dube & Mushore (2020). The impact of land-use/land cover changes on water balance of the heterogeneous Buzi sub-catchment, Zimbabwe. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Vol. 18, No. 100292,

Chemura, Schauberger & Gornott (2020). Impacts of climate change on agro-climatic suitability of major food crops in Ghana, PLoS ONE, Vol. 15, No. 6, e0229881,

Gleixner, Demissie & Diro (2020). Did ERA5 improve temperature and precipitation reanalysis over East Africa? Atmosphere, Vol. 11, No. 9, 996,

Laudien, Schauberger, Makowski & Gornott (2020). Robustly forecasting maize yields in Tanzania based on climatic predictors, Nature Scientific Reports, Vol. 10, No. 19650,

Mahlatini, Hove, Maguma & Chemura (2020). Using direct use values for economic valuation of wetland ecosystem services: a case of Songore wetland, Zimbabwe. GeoJournal, Vol. 85, No. 1,

Tarakini, Chemura & Musundire (2020). Farmers’ knowledge and attitudes toward pollination and bees in a maize-producing region of Zimbabwe: Implications for pollinator conservation, Tropical Conservation Science, Vol. 13, No. 1–13,