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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

Food and Nutrition in Numbers
Faostat, FAO, 2014
Overcoming malnutrition in all of its forms – caloric undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – requires a combination of interventions in different areas that guarantee the availability of and access to h...
A House Full of Trap Doors: Identifying barriers to resilient drylands in the toolbox of pastoral development
Saverio Krätli; Brigitte Kaufmann; Hassan Roba; Pierre Hiernaux; Wenjun Li; Marcos Easdale; Christian Hülsebusch / International Institute for Environment and Development, 2015
The theoretical framework for the scientific understanding of the drylands is almost the opposite today of what was mainstream in the 1970s, but the methodological infrastructure of analytical tools and practices is still catching up....
The contested status of 'communal land tenure' in South Africa
T. Weinberg / Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, 2015
This paper focuses on communal tenure reform developments (or lack thereof), referring to law, policy and practice in rural areas in South Africa. It concludes that communal land tenure is not in a healthy state and discusses t...
Corporate concentration and food security in South Africa: Is the commercial agro-food system delivering?
S. Greenberg / Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, 2015
This paper argues that although the current agro-food system in South Africa has the technical and organisational capacity to meet domestic food needs, there are major problems with access to food and with the nutrient content of exis...
Another countryside? Policy options for land and agrarian reform in South Africa
R. Hall / Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, 2009
This book asks questions about the nature of land reform in South Africa, raises alternatives, and locates this within a wider agrarian reform agenda. The first section deals with foundational questions about land policy, revie...
The Mitigation Advantage: Maximizing the co-benefits of investing in smallholder adaptation initiatives
International Fund for Agricultural Development, 2015
This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examin...
Climate change impacts on livestock
P.K. Thornton; R.B. Boone; J. Ramirez-Villegas / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2015
This working paper summarizes projected climate change impacts on livestock across Africa. It uses a combination of literature review and some new results on the projected impacts of climate change on the rangelands of Africa. ...
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in East Africa: LANEA Study Brief
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015
This Brief presents the findings of the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in East Africa (LANEA) initiative in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. LANEA investigates opportunities and challenges to scaling up nutrition through a...
Independent report commissioned by the G7 on improving responses to climate-fragility
L. Rüttinger; D. Smith; G. Stang; D. Tänzler; J. Vivekananda / International Alert, 2015
This independent report commissioned by the member states of the G7 focuses on the concept of climate fragility, pertaining to areas where climate change threatens to multiply already existing vulnerabilities, be it economic, politica...
Exchanging fertilizer for votes?
N. B. Westberg / Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2015
Several countries have made targeted input subsidy programs an integral part of their policies for  improving  food  security.   Given  the  programs'  often  centralized  structure&nb...
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