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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 respond.at 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.

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


Latest Documents

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...
Fair company–community partnerships in palm oil development
A. Beekmans; J.W. Molenaar; J. Dallinger / Oxfam, 2014
This discussion paper argues that palm oil production can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, land grabs and exploitation. But, it says that sustainable production, investment and sourcing can create benefits for the climate and communi...
Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa: issues and options
I.K. Dawson; S. Carsan; S. Franzel / World Agroforestry Centre, 2014
This working paper argues that agroforestry and livestock-keeping both have the potential to promote anthropogenic climate change resilience and support each other in this context. The paper discusses relevant issues in East Af...
Convergence on Nutrition in Agricultural Systems of Innovation: Concepts and Methods, with Examples from Pakistan
M. Loevinsohn; R. Mehmood / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2014
The paper first briefly sketches the origins of the system of innovation (SoI) concept and the need it was seen to fulfil in agriculture. It then illustrates the different ways it has been employed as a framework to explain how change...
Methodology for evaluating the effectiveness of a new farming model to promote nutrition
S. Nagarajan; R.V. Bhavani; M.S. Swaminathan / Current Science, 2014
Despite impressive gains in agricultural production and greater availability of food many people in India suffer from undernutrition. Improvements in total agricultural production that lead to greater access to nutritious food could h...
Ethiopia: Overview of corruption in land administration
S. Lindner / U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, 2014
Improving land governance is key in assuring that land resources can be enjoyed by all parts of the population. Donors can play an important role in combatting corruption in land administration and building a well-functioning land adm...
Philippine fisheries trade with ASEAN: chokepoints to AEC 2015
D.C. Israel / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2013
The planned establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 has induced member-countries to implement concrete measures to improve their readiness for it. The Philippine fisheries sector has undertaken some steps to enhance...
Cattle and climate in Africa: how climate variability has influenced national cattle holdings from 1961–2008
T. M. Lunde; B. Lindtjørn / PubMed Central, 2013
The role of cattle in developing countries is as a source of high-quality food, as draft animals, and as a source of manure and fuel. Cattle represent important contribution to household incomes, and in drought prone areas they can ac...
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