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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.

Read the full blog here: bit.ly/Ethiopia-project


Latest Documents

Synthesis report on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with links to agriculture: the case of Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe
R. Omoti / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2012
Sub–Saharan African (SSA) countries have a unique population profile, with 44 percent of its population being under the age of 15, making it the youngest region of the world. In spite of the formally recognized role of agricultu...
Agricultural input vouchers in Southern Africa: research findings from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
This policy brief is a synthesis of the findings from research undertaken by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia to examine the different ways in which relief ...
Status of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) in the SADC region: the need to expedite plant variety protection in SADC countries
W.J. van der Walt / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
The basic objective of the FANRPAN study into plant variety protection (PVP) systems in five target SADC countries was to establish an overview of the status of legal protection of ownership of plant varieties, as well as experience, ...
Promoting development of agricultural input markets in Mozambique
E. Tostão / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
Mozambique needs to adopt more targeted and nuanced policies to encourage the development of effective agricultural input markets. This study makes recommendations to achieve this. Experiences in other countries and limited Mozambique...
Integrating the non-commercial and commercial input markets through input vouchers: recommendations for Zambia
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
Based on both international experiences and research in Zambia, this policy brief recommends that Government develop and implement a policy to use agricultural input vouchers as a means to target support to poor smallholder farmers as...
Integrating the non-commercial and commercial input markets through input vouchers or coupons in Malawi
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
Malawi has had a very positive experience with using vouchers or coupons to target agricultural inputs to poor farmers. Building on the lessons learned, the Government should now develop clear policies and guidelines to improve implem...
The potential of using an input voucher system to integrate the commercial and non-commercial input distribution systems in the Southern African Development Community
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2007
Smallholder farmers in southern Africa use low purchased-in-put technologies and as a result, produce low yields and face chronic food insecurity for two to five months of the year. The problems such households face are compounded by ...
Using input vouchers for improving access to agricultural in-puts - who are the winners and losers?
D. Kamchacha / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2008
Emerging from the worst harvest in a decade, the Government of Malawi implemented one of the most ambitious and successful assaults on hunger in the history of the African continent. Through a national input subsidy programme, coincid...
True contribution of agriculture to economic development and poverty reduction in Malawi: who needs to know what?
I. Kumwenda / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2009
The contribution of agriculture to economic development is enormous, as evidenced by the favourable direct and indirect impacts of agricultural growth and investment on Malawi’s economy, in terms of national income, inflation, i...
The status of agricultural water use, access, and productivity in the Limpopo Basin — opportunities for poverty alleviation
A. Sullivan / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2010
The Limpopo River Basin is home to 14,000,000 people, at least half of whom live in rural areas. Over ten million South Africans live in the basin - nearly 25% of the national population. The remaining population live in Botswana - on...
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