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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

Risk-efficient Planting Schedules for Corn in Matalom, Leyte, Philippines
R. A. Patindol / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
The study was conducted to identify risk-efficient cropping schedules for corn farmers in Matalom, Leyte, Philippines using stochastic dominance analysis of simulated yields, given the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) forecasts dur...
Corn Farmers’ Decisionmaking Based on Seasonal Climate Forecasts
G. C. M. Borines / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
Although our ability to predict climate conditions has improved significantly, farmers` use of climate information and forecasts in farming decisions and practices has changed a little. Part of the reasons is the lack of communication...
Incorporating Regional Rice Production Models in a Simulation Model of Rice Importation: A Discrete Stochastic Programming Approach
C. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
In the Philippines, importation has remained as one of the most feasible options for the government to meet the growing demand for rice. It is thus imperative for the government to develop a strategy that would ensure adequate supply ...
Policy Options for Rice and Corn Farmers in the Face of Seasonal Climate Variability
C. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
In the face of seasonal climate variability, the smallholder farmers, particularly those in rural communities, are among the most adversely affected. As a way to address this, together with concern on low productivity, the Philippine ...
Conceptualizing drivers of policy change in agriculture, nutrition, and food security
D. Resnick; S. Babu; S. Haggblade / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015
The current emphasis in the development community on demonstrating policy impact requires a better understanding of national policymaking processes to recognize opportunities for, and limits to, generating policy change. Conseque...
Land grabbing in Latin America: opportunity or threat?
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2014
In Latin America, government interventions in land grabbing processes provide some preliminary lessons on dealing with this phenomenon, while highlighting some serious threats. This Brief presents cases of land grabbing in Lati...
Agricultural Diversification and The Fruits and Vegetables Subsector: Policy Issues and Development Constraints in the Philippines
R. M. Briones / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008
Fruits and vegetables comprise a large and dynamic subsector within Philippine agriculture. However, the country`s agricultural development strategy continues to emphasize traditional crops. Evidence points to a significant role for f...
Avoiding Anomalies of Gross Domestic Product in Constant Prices by Conversion to Chained Prices
J. C. Dumagan / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008
Changing the base year (1985) of Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) in constant prices could change the growth rate and the shares of components even when there is no change in production volume, implying that the changes in grow...
Fishpen and Fishcage Culture in Laguna de Bay: Status, Economic Importance, and the Relative Severity of Problems Affecting its Practice
D. C. Israel / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2008
This paper reviews the status of fishpen and fishcage culture in Laguna de Bay, with emphasis on its economic importance and the relative severity of the problems affecting its continued practice. The paper aims to provide an economic...
From Brazilian fields to Norwegian farms
A.K. Garberg / Norwegian Church Aid, 2014
• Brazil has a Federal Constitution and consolidated legislation that provide for the protection of the environment, health and welfare of workers in rural areas. • The large-scale agricultural export model used in Braz...
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