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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
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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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Rapid desk-based study: Understanding the relative strength of climate signals compared to other exp
J. Essex; C. Gallego Lopez / Evidence on Demand, 2014
This rapid desk-based study provides evidence for understanding the relative strength of climate signals compared to other expected development results. The report summarises overall findings in a ‘traffic light’ rating (r...
Building urban food resilience: assessing the peri-urban food system in Kathmandu Nepal
A. Dixit; M. Rokka Chettri; K. Mani Dixit / Institute for Social and Environmental Transition Nepal, 2008
This report from ISET-Nepal describes how agricultural production in urban and peri-urban areas of inland city, Kathmandu, has become unable to meet food security demands due to rapid urban growth and decreased water availability and ...
Assessing rural transformations: piloting a qualitative impact protocol in Malawi and Ethiopia
J. Copestake; F. Remnant / Centre for Development Studies, Bath University, 2014
This paper contributes to the literature on qualitative approaches to impact evaluation (QUIP) particularly in complex contexts. It reports on substantive and methodological findings from four pilot studies of a protocol for qualitati...
The impact of large scale land acquisitions on water resources – a background note
T. Quick; P. Woodhouse / Evidence on Demand, 2014
Since 2008 there has been a rapid increase in the level of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in agricultural land in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. In 2008-2009 land acquisitions were estimated to be approximately 56 million he...
A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research
M. Blackie / Evidence on Demand, 2014
This is a rapid desk based study to provide an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major...
What can Africa learn from China's experience in agricultural development
Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, 2014
Recently there has been a growing interest in China’s rapid economic growth, particularly concerning the role of agriculture and its impact on poverty reduction. While China and Africa havedeveloped their agricultural sectors un...
China’s industrialization: overview – implications for Africa’s industrialization
L. Xiaoyun / Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, 2014
Within a span of some six decades, especially the three decades after reform and opening up, China has been basically transformed from a traditional agricultural country to a modern industrialised state. Despite this great achievement...
Instituting REDD+: An analysis of the processes and outcomes of two pilot projects in Brazil and Tanzania
A. Vatn / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2013
REDD readiness is about developing national strategies for REDD+ including the necessary systems to ensure reduced DD, encompassing systems for monitoring/carbon accounting and distribution of international compensations. Establishing...
The Ongo Community Forest REDD+ pilot Project, Uganda: A socioeconomic baseline survey
G. Nabanoga; E. Ssenyonjo; J. Namaalwa / Environmental Economics Programme, IIED, 2012
This report aims to synthesise information on current socioeconomic conditions within the villages that are to be involved in the Ecotrust Pro-Poor REDD+ pilot project in the Masindi district of western Uganda. Results from this resea...
The Kilosa District REDD+ pilot project, Tanzania: A socioeconomic baseline study
G.C. Kajembe / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2013
Tanzania has decided to embark upon a national REDD programme to meet its obligations of managing its forests sustainably while responding to poverty reduction initiatives. As part of the REDD Readiness phase, nine pilot projects are ...
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