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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 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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Latest Documents

Impact of fertilizer use on weed management in conservation agriculture - a review
A., A. Bajwa; S., A. Anjum; W. Nafees 2014
Intensive farming has been adopted to produce large amounts of food grains and cash crops but environment is being deteriorated at alarming rate also. Increased use of fertilizers, pesticides, chemical growth regulators, machinery and...
Improving land sector governance in South Africa implementation of the land governance assessment framework
W Ovens / Urban LandMark, 2012
Land governance and administration are critical for achieving economic growth and development in any country. It is within this context that the World Bank introduced the Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) for identifying spe...
Unfinished business: Kenya’s efforts to address displacement and land issues in Coast Region
M. Caterina; J. Klos / Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 2014
The report analyses displacement in Coast region and identifies tensions over land tenure and poor land governance as key triggers, and obstacles to durable solutions. It provides examples of land issues underlying displacement caused...
Drugs, (dis)order and agrarian change: the political economy of drugs and its relevance to international drug policy
J. Goodhand; P. Meehan; H. Pérez-Niño / Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, 2014
n May 2014 the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) hosted a workshop, co-funded by NOREF and Christian Aid, designed to facilitate dialogue between scholars working on the political economy of drugs, conflict and development...
Learning for rural change: 11 stories from Zambia
J. Chavez-Tafur (ed); L. Eggens (ed) / Agri Cultures Network, 2014
In September 2013, the IFAD Zambia Country Programme Management Team worked together with ILEIA to enable the documentation and systematic analysis of what was taking place in the field. Eleven practitioners working in agric...
Smallholder Farming and Achieving Our Development Goals
A thriving smallholder farm sector can be an engine for rural development that is more equitable, sustainable, and productive than one based on a large-scale farm model. A number of factors need to be considered when assessing the ben...
Large-Scale Land Acquisition : Field Findings and Recommendations
Li Ping / The Rights and Resources Initiative, 2014
The Chinese central government has consistently taken decisive legal and policy measures over the past 35 years to secure, enhance, and expand farmers’ rights to farmland and forest land in order to reduce the gap in income...
Gender and climate change adaptation in agrarian settings
E.R. Carr; M.C. Thompson / US Agency for International Development, 2013
The impacts of climate variability and change on the rural poor in the Global South become more pronounced with each passing year. While entire communities and regions will be exposed to the same changing temperatures and precipitatio...
The Chinyanja Triangle in the Zambezi River Basin, Southern Africa: status of, and prospects for, agriculture, natural resources management and rural development
T. Amede; L.T. Desta; D. Harris / International Water Management Institute, 2014
This paper, which focuses on the Chinyanja Triangle (CT), an area inside the Zambezi River Basin, characterises three distinct farming subsystems across rainfall gradients, namely maize-beans-fish, sorghum-millet-livestock and the liv...
The Little Green Data Book 2014
World Bank, 2014
The Little Green Data Book is a reference for key environmental data for over 200 economies. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitat...
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