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What factors influence how African farmers adapt to climate change?
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A. Vitale / Panos Pictures
Exploring ways to help farmers adapt to climate change is of critical importance in Africa. Using a cross-sectional survey of over 8000 farms from 11 African countries, this study analyses various farm-level climate adaptation measures. The authors highlight the need for government support and access to capacity building measures and investments for farmers.

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Farmers’ Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain
G. Taneja; B. Deb Pal; P.K. Joshi / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2013
This study was undertaken to assess farmers’ preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for various climate-smart interventions in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) was selected because it is highly vulnerable...
Global crop yield response to extreme heat stress under multiple climate change futures
D. Deryng; D. Conway; N. Ramankutty / IOPscience, 2014
This paper argues that extreme heat stress during the crop reproductive period can be critical for crop productivity. Projected changes in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events are expected to negatively impact crop yi...
Farming System Evolution and Adaptive Capacity: Insights for Adaptation Support
J.L. Dixon; L.C. Stringer; A.J. Challinor / Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2014
This paper argues that studies of climate impacts on agriculture and adaptation often provide current or future assessments, ignoring the historical contexts farming systems are situated within. It investigates how historical trends h...
Supporting the vulnerable: Increasing adaptive capacities of agropastoralists to climate change in West and southern Africa using a transdisciplinary research approach
J. van de Steeg; M. Herrero; A. Notenbaert / International Livestock Research Institute, 2013
This publication seeks to identify promoted policy entry points to support the implementation of priority adaptation strategies, and identifies policy mechanisms as appropriate interventions to allow agropastoralists to buffer the eff...
What climate change means for farmers in Africa: A triptych review middle panel: Introductional matters and consequences of global warming for African farmers
K. Stigter; E. Ofori / African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 2014
This paper deals with the consequences of climate change for farmers in Africa, including increasing temperatures and changing rainfall, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide content and impacts on agricultural production. The paper a...
Supporting climate resilient value chains
D. Burnett / Evidence on Demand, 2013
This report include an examination of three commodity supply/value chains that are grown in four African states besides Pakistan and Bangladesh. The document focuses particularly on current trends in the value chains and considering w...
Fact sheet. Project: P romotion and Intensification of Fruit Trees in Agricultural Farm Lands for Mitigation and Adaption to Climate Change
P. M. Kusolwa / Sokoine University of Agriculture, 2013
The main objective of this strategic intervention is to reduce the impacts of climate change and land degradation on rural farm lands by intensifying the production of fruit trees. This will generate income and help farmers adapt to c...
Adoption and extent of conservation agriculture practices among smallholder farmers in Malawi
A. Ngwira; F.H. Johnsen; J.B. Aune; M. Mekuria; C. Thierfelder 2014
Understanding factors affecting farmers’ adoption of improved technologies is critical to success of conservation agriculture (CA) program implementation. This study, which explored the factors that determine adoption and extent...
Agriculture, food security and climate change: outlook for knowledge, tools and action.
This paper presents a summary of current scientific knowledge on the impacts of climate change on farming and food systems, and on the implications for adaptation and mitigation. Many of the trends and impacts are highly uncertain at ...
Water management in the Indus Basin in Pakistan: challenges and opportunities
A.S. Qureshi / International Water Management Institute, 2011
The Indus River basin supplies water to the largest contiguous irrigation system in the world, providing water for 90% of the food production in Pakistan, which contributes 25% of the country’s gross domestic product. But Pakist...
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