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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 months, 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 respond over 2015.

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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Latest Documents

Clever Name, Losing Game? How Climate Smart Agriculture is sowing confusion in the food movement
T. Anderson / ActionAid International, 2014
This report highlights questions being raised about the concept of ‘climate smart’ agriculture (CSA). It highlights that a number of industrialised countries, along with a number of agribusiness corporations, have p...
Climate-smart agriculture: a call to action
World Bank, 2011
This ‘beginner's guide’ to climate-smart agriculture has a focus on Africa. The publication argues that, because of the high vulnerability of rural populations to climate change, Africa stands to benefit from climat...
Corporate-Smart Greenwash: why we reject the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture
This statement, signed by a global group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) rejects the proposal for a Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture and warns against the concept of ‘climate-smart’ agriculture altoge...
Climate-smart agriculture success stories from farming communities around the world
P. Neate; L. Holt (ed); A. Legroscollard (ed) / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2013
This report showcases 16 initiatives, from the Sahel to Vietnam, which are having a widespread impact on food security, adaptation to climate change and climate change mitigation, and improving the lives of people. These initia...
Food, Markets and Nutrition: Maximizing the Impacts of Private Sector Engagement in Tanzania
Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
This report summarizes the findings of a workshop for representatives of Tanzanian government, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations, hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on 30 March 2015...
Competitive or complementary? Industrial crops and food security in sub-Saharan Africa
S. Wiggins; G. Henley; S. Keats / Overseas Development Institute, 2015
How are industrial crops affecting food security in sub-Saharan Africa? To answer this, it sets out a conceptual framework that explores plausible linkages between the cultivation of industrial crops and impacts of food, and in...
Rice in the Shadow of Skyscrapers: Policy Choices in a Dynamic East and Southeast Asian Setting
D. Dawe; Jaffee S.; Santos N. / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2014
This compendium of policy notes is the result of cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, The World Bank and the International Rice Research Institute. Across Asia, rice is food for the largest segment of t...
Water-smart agriculture in East Africa
A. Nicol (ed); S. Langan (ed); M. Victor (ed); J. Gonsalves (ed) / International Water Management Institute, 2015
The inspiration for this sourcebook came from a 2014 meeting of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in Addis Ababa under the auspices of an event co-convened by the Global Water Initiative East Africa (GWI EA), the Internatio...
Subsidies to key commodities driving forest loss
M. McFarland; S. Whitley; G. Kissinger / Overseas Development Institute, 2015
This working paper argues that there is an increasing focus on the role that public and private resources can play in supporting activities that reduce forest loss as part of wider efforts to address climate change, and ensure sustain...
Towards a comprehensive Strategic Framework to Upscale and Out-scale EbA-driven agriculture In Africa
R. Munang; R. Mgendi; K. Alverson / United Nations [UN] Environment Programme, 2015
This report aims to challenge the current food insecurity scenario in Africa by laying a case for a paradigm shift from current conventional agricultural approaches. It argues that current practices destroy ecosystems through u...
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