New study on impacts of climate change on wheat and barley yields
10 June 2020
A new study of IAMO's Central Asia group members, published in the Journal of Arid Environments, reveals spatially varying impacts of climate change on wheat and barley yields in Kazakhstan from 1980 to 2015 using panel statistics and meteorological station data. The authors show that a drop in yields induced by climate climate in the primary cereal-growing areas had been partially compensated by beneficial effects in other regions where production benefited from improved temperature and precipitation conditions. Assessing the spatially heterogeneous effects of climatic trends on cereal production offers important insights for governments to target support measures towards harnessing comparative advantage of grain productivity and production risks in light of climate change.