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Understanding the current food system and land use management approaches in the context of climate change
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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Understanding sustainable diets: a descriptive analysis of the determinants and processes that influence diets and their impact on health, food security, and environmental sustainability
J.L. Johnston; J.C. Fanzo; B. Cogill / Advances in Nutrition, 2014
This study argues that the concept of sustainable diets presents an opportunity to advance sustainable development and work for the elimination of poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, and poor health outcomes. This study examines t...
50 years of urbanization in Africa: examining the role of climate change
J.V. Henderson; A. Storeygard; U. Deichmann / World Bank, 2014
This paper documents a significant impact of climate variation on urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. It explains that this happens by lowering farm incomes, reduced moisture availability encourages migration to nearby cities, while w...
Southern Africa’s dryland forests, climate change and the water–energy–food security nexus
M.-L. du Preez / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Forests and trees in Southern Africa’s drylands provide a multitude of goods and services, ranging from timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) to carbon sequestration and the protection of watersheds and biodiversity. The...
Tenure rights, human rights and REDD+: knowledge, skills and tools for effective results forest carbon, markets and communities (FCMC) program
K. Hite / Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities, 2014
This document presents a framework for identifying and asserting tenure and human rights associated with forests and land use in the context of climate change policies and measures. It argues that clearly defined land rights can help ...
El Niño and Indian droughts - a scoping exercise
S. Saini; A. Gulati / Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, 2014
This paper is based on predictions of a strong El Niño in 2014 which it is feared will lead to droughts in India. The paper argues that as El Niño may hit in the second half of Indian monsoon season in 2014, favourable w...
Building resilience for food & nutrition security
T.R. Frankenberger; M.A. Constas; S. Nelson; L. Starr / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014
In examining a number of NGO initiatives on food and nutrition security, designed and implemented with resilience and capacity-building in mind, this International Food Policy Research Institute paper seeks to identify approaches, bar...
Land use in a future climate agreement
M. Estrada; D. Lee; B. Murray / Winrock International, 2014
This paper explores options for including land use in a future (post-2020) climate change agreement as anticipated by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Acti...
Climate change and conflict in the Sahel: A policy brief on findings from Niger and Burkina Faso
US Agency for International Development, 2014
This report analyses the potential linkages between climate impacts and conflict in two countries in Niger and Burkina Faso. Both countries have histories of droughts and food insecurity and are marked by three factors that analysts h...
Evidence linking community level tenure and forest condition: An annotated bibliography
F. Seymour; T. La Vina; K. Hite / Climate and Land Use Alliance, 2014
This annotated bibliography provides evidence that community tenure over forests can result in more forest cover and more species-rich forests, less deforestation and degradation, and fewer fires than some other approaches to protecti...
Strategies for mitigating climate change in agriculture: Abridged report
A. Dickie; C. Streck; S. Roe / California Environmental Associates, 2014
This publication is the abridged version of the report ‘Strategies for mitigating climate change in agriculture: recommendations for philanthropy’. The report was designed to identify greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation options ...
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A key issues guide on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) has been produced to present an overview of the main issues on this topic. CSA aims for three main benefits: increased food security; resilience to the impacts of climate change (adaptation); and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). This introductory guide provides background information on the key objectives of CSA, plus links to useful further research reading and other resources.

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