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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

Common futures: India and Africa in partnership
Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2015
Africa with its 54 countries is over ten times the size of India but has roughly the same population -- just over one billion people. The demographic structures are also very similar. In India more than fifty percent of the population...
The State of Food and Agriculture 2015 - In Brief
Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Document Repository, 2015
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty have been met by many countries, yet many others lag behind and the post-2015 challenge will be the full eradication of poverty and hunger. Many developing countries i...
Chinese agricultural investment in Africa: motives, actors and modalities
L. Jiang / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
The agricultural link between China and Africa can be traced back to the late 1950s when China started to provide agricultural aid to Africa. Agricultural aid has remained an integral part of Chinese African aid and constitutes a sign...
China–Africa co-operation beyond extractive industries: the case of Chinese agricultural assistance in West Africa
E. Santi; M. Weigert / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Traditionally focused on extractive industries, China’s co-operation with Africa is moving towards greater diversification, as African economies themselves diversify and new needs and opportunities arise across the continent. We...
The eternal conflict: Land, peasants, and the military in Mexico
C.A.F. Pérez / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway, 2015
Land has always been an important site of struggle in Mexico, often bringing peasant movements and peasant communities into conflicts with the Mexican military. This CMI Insight focuses on the key conflict dimensions since the Mexican...
Afar Resilience Study
J. Helland / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway, 2015
This paper has been prepared in conjunction with a project for resilience building in Afar National Regional State, Ethiopia under the auspices of the Afar Region Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Food Security Coordination Office...
Climate change impacts on agriculture and food security in the Caribbean: A food importation perspective
M. Brklacich / Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, 2003
This report is a sub-component of the Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean (ACCC) project. Its purpose is to determine the extent to which climatic change might alter food production opportunities in countries which ha...
An estimation of tariff pass-through in Tunisia
L. Baghdadi; H. Kruse; I.M. Zarzoso / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2015
It is important to evaluate the net welfare effects of liberalisation policies in specific countries, yet a first step to accomplish this task is to analyse the extent to which changes in trade barriers are transmitted to changes in d...
Food safety in developing countries: an overview
Evidence on Demand, 2015
Foodborne disease matters for development. It is a major public health problem. It presents a barrier to countries that wish to export and to smallholder farmers who wish to sell produce in high value domestic markets. It is also a ma...
Who owns the world's land? A global baseline of formally recognized indigenous and community land rights
In recent years, there has been growing attention and effort towards securing the formal, legal recognition of land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Communities and Indigenous Peoples are estimated to hold as much ...
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