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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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Integrating urban agriculture and forestry into climate change action plans: Lessons from Western Province, Sri Lanka and Rosario, Argentina
M. Dubbeling / Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 2015
For cities to be sustainable, they need to simultaneously address the vulnerability of people, places and sectors that may be affected by a changing climate; mitigate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and ensure adequate access to...
Addressing land degradation: benefits, costs, and policy directions
R.M. Briones / Philippine Journal of Development, 2010
Land degradation in the Philippines is a serious environmental problem with long-term implications for the sustainability of agricultural production. Protection of the resource base has thus become a policy priority, whether in terms ...
El Niño Southern Oscillation in the Philippines: Impacts, Forecasts, and Risk Management
F. Hilario / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
The climate of the Philippines is highly influenced by the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO). El Nino is associated with an increased chance of drier conditions and La Nina is associated with an increased chance of wetter conditions...
Assessing the Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasts on Farm-level Corn Production through Simulation Modeling
C. Reyes / Philippine Institute for Development Studies, 2009
Rainfall variability greatly influences corn production. Thus, a skillful forecast is potentially of value to the farmers because it could help them make a number of crop management decisions including crop choice, variety selection, ...
Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture
World Agroforestry Centre, 2013
This four-page policy brief focuses on the constraints that women face to more equitable participation in smallholder carbon and climate-smart initiatives. It highlights the important role that a flexible learning approach plays in ad...
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...
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 ...
Second National Communication to the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFCCC National Communications (Non-Annex I), 2009
Although Belize is a minute contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, it will be among those countries which will be severely impacted by Climate Change. These impacts pose major impediments to Belize’s efforts to promote ...
Providing collateral and improving product market access for smallholder farmers: a randomised evaluation of inventory credit in Sierra Leone
T. Suri; R. Glennerster; L. Casaburi; S. Kamara / International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 2013
Inter-seasonal fluctuation of agricultural prices is widespread throughout the developing world. Prices decrease during the harvest season due to the availability of large quantities of crop, while the prices increase in the lean seas...
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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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