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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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Impact of agrarian reform on poverty reduction
C.M. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2002
One of the government's major components in its poverty alleviation strategy is agrarian reform. Through the years, a number of reports have been published on the extent of increase of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). Very li...
Property rights in land reform areas
M.M. Ballesteros / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2003
Land redistribution or the transfer of ownership rights to the tiller has been the focal point of the land reform program in the Philippines. This transfer was envisioned to result in a significant shift in income and productivity in ...
Does coastal resources management help? Ask the fishermen!
D.C. Israel / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2004
Coastal resources management (CRM) has flourished as a management approach for coastal areas and resources in the Philippines. This is shown in the phenomenal growth of CRM and CRM-type of activities over the past two decades or so. I...
Lessons from Cambodia... Exploring the potential of inland fisheries and aquatic resources in the Philippines
D.C. Israel / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2006
Traditionally, the inland fisheries subsector of the Philippines has been a modest contributor to overall fisheries production. The Philippines and Cambodia both abound in numerous freshwater bodies and resources that provide an econo...
Addressing land degradation: benefits, costs, and policy directions
R.M. Briones / Philippine Journal of Development, 2010
Land degradation in the Philippines is a serious environmental problem with long-term implications for the sustainability of agricultural production. Protection of the resource base has thus become a policy priority, whether in terms ...
Impact of the rice trade policy reforms on household welfare in the Philippines
A.B. Sobreviñas; E.B. Barrios / Philippine Journal of Development, 2010
The effects of rice trade policy reforms on household welfare, as indicated by changes in consumer and producer prices, are analysed in this paper using nonparametric regression and density estimation. Since many households in the Phi...
Social capital and the decision to adopt new technology among rice farmers in the Philippines
R.G. Edillon / Philippine Journal of Development, 2010
Conventional models predict that a rational farmer, given information of higher profits from a new technology relative to the old, would shift to the new technology. However, evidence abounds to the contrary. In the Philippines...
Communicating and Using Seasonal Climate Forecasts: a Challenge Crossing National, Organizational, and Disciplinary Boundaries
P. Hayman; J. Liguton / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
The papers in this special issue come from the project "Bridging the gap between seasonal climate forecasts (SCFs) and agricultural decisionmakers in the Philippines and Australia" funded by the Australian Centre for International Agr...
Assessing the Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasts on Farm-level Corn Production through Simulation Modeling
C. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
Rainfall variability greatly influences corn production. Thus, a skillful forecast is potentially of value to the farmers because it could help them make a number of crop management decisions including crop choice, variety selection, ...
The effects of training, innovation and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ wealth and food security: a systematic review
The Campbell Collaboration, 2014
Given both the importance of smallholder farming in Africa and its potential to contribute to the food security of so many, it is not surprising that considerable efforts are being invested in its success. In the context of this consi...
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