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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of agricultural production and food policy in achieving broad development goals. It aims to inform dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy actors and decision makers globally around issues such as food security, land issues, food prices, gender and the role of technology and innovation.
Connecting development actors in Ethiopia: linking climate change, nutrition and gender
Farmer tending crops
A. Vitale / Panos Pictures

Over the past few days, ordinary people from around the globe have taken to the streets to show their concern at the lack of political will to deal with climate change. The world will be watching how our leaders the special UN summit in New York.

One of the issues on the agenda is food security. As demonstrated in the latest IPCC report, climate change is having an impact on already worrying levels of hunger and undernutrition in the world. This evidence has reinforced the importance of agriculture becoming more climate smart in order to: increase food security, adapt to build resilience, and reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).

This blog post examines IDS’ recent work in Ethiopia, touching upon how nutritionists, agriculturalists, gender, environmental and climate change professionals are starting to talk to one another and respond to the need for climate smart agriculture.

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India-Africa cooperation in agriculture science, technology and innovation: new avenues and opportunities
Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2014
India is now a key trading partner of Sub-Saharan Africa, importing almost US$ 21 billion worth of goods and commodities and exporting goods of over US$ 10 billion to Africa in 2010. India’s development cooperation with Africa e...
Agricultural Impact Evaluation is Failing to Measure Up
M. Loevinsohn / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food is critical for both food and nutrition security and economic development. Yet, recent research suggests assessments of the productivity gains farmers realise f...
Agricultural water-use efficiency in a global perspective: the case of Iran
G. Soltani / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2013
This study addresses the problem of water-use efficiency in agriculture via the optimisation of water use for and the external trade patterns of agricultural products in Iran. Towards this end, some major issues on agricultural water ...
Long run versus short run analysis of climate change impacts on agriculture
Y. Ben Zaied / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2013
In Tunisia the agricultural sector represents about 20 % of employment and 12% of GDP. Therefore, understanding the impact of climate change on agricultural crops is instrumental for decision makers before deciding to subsidise the af...
Many lives of women farmers: empowering women farmers in Vidarbha
p. Kulkarni / MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, 2010
Globally and nationally, the role of women in agriculture - including crop and animal husbandry, fisheries and forestry - is growing. In spite of the pivotal role played by women in natural resources conservation, cultivation, consump...
Reflections of women farmers: Programme for the empowerment of women farmers, Vidarbha (Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana)
MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, 2014
Vidarbha, the hot spot of agrarian crisis, has an unenviable record of suicides by farmers in recent decades. The crisis has accentuated the vulnerability of women farmers in general, and the widows of the farmers who have committed s...
Land tenure: issues in housing reconstruction and income poverty case study of earthquake-affected areas in Hazara
K Bengali / Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan, 2010
There are many commendable successes with respect to relief, recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation to assist the earthquake affected districts of North West Frontier Province3 and Azad Kashmir. The same, however, cannot be said ...
Post-adaptation vulnerability of cereals to rainfall and temperature variability in the federal capital territory of Nigeria
S. Ishaya; S.M. Hassan; S.E. James / Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, 2014
This study assessed the vulnerability of cereal yield to climate change. It aims to determine the level of climate variability, assessment of cereals yield sensitivity index, determining climate exposure index, determining adaptive ca...
Climate change in Mali: expected impacts on pests and diseases afflicting selected crops
US Agency for International Development, 2014
This report contains tables including analyses of the potential impact of a changed climate on the most common pests and diseases afflicting 16 important crops in Mali. For each pest or disease identified, the current prevalence of th...
Under What Circumstances and Conditions Does Adoption of Technology Result in Increased Agricultural Productivity? A Systematic Review
M. Loevinsohn; J. Sumberg; A. Diagne; S. Whitfield / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2013
New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food and fibre is critical for both food security and economic development. Whether framed in terms of modernisation, productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, so...
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