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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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Systematic Review Approach to identifying key trends in adaptation governance at the supranational level
L. Bizikova; D. Echeverría; A. Hammill / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
This working paper from CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) analyses literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level. The researchers looked at looked...
The comparative turn in climate change adaptation and food security governance research
M. Purdon / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
This working paper from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) proposes that concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalysing posit...
Climate justice & human rights - Focus on food security, nutrition, health and gender
C. Tirado; A. Ceinos; P. Pascal / Action contre la Faim, 2014
This paper presents a set of recommendations on how the international community, governments, UN and social movements can bring issues of food security, nutrition, health and gender equity into climate negotiations.The brief was launc...
Long run versus short run analysis of climate change impacts on agriculture
Y. Ben Zaied / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2013
In Tunisia the agricultural sector represents about 20 % of employment and 12% of GDP. Therefore, understanding the impact of climate change on agricultural crops is instrumental for decision makers before deciding to subsidise the af...
Technological opportunities for distress mitigation in most seriously affected areas of Wardha district
M. Manjula / MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, 2010
Wardha district (20° 18' to 21° 21' N. and 78° 4' to 79° 15' E) lies in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The district has a predominantly agrarian economy with 65 per cent of the main workers being engaged in agricu...
Integrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots
E.O King; S.A. Siddick; G. Gopi; N. Kav / MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, 2014
India is home to incredible diversity in plant and animal species and is ranked among the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Unfortunately, much of this diversity is being eroded at an alarming rate, largely due to habitat de...
Post-adaptation vulnerability of cereals to rainfall and temperature variability in the federal capital territory of Nigeria
S. Ishaya; S.M. Hassan; S.E. James / Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, 2014
This study assessed the vulnerability of cereal yield to climate change. It aims to determine the level of climate variability, assessment of cereals yield sensitivity index, determining climate exposure index, determining adaptive ca...
Climate change in Mali: expected impacts on pests and diseases afflicting selected crops
US Agency for International Development, 2014
This report contains tables including analyses of the potential impact of a changed climate on the most common pests and diseases afflicting 16 important crops in Mali. For each pest or disease identified, the current prevalence of th...
Under What Circumstances and Conditions Does Adoption of Technology Result in Increased Agricultural Productivity? A Systematic Review
M. Loevinsohn; J. Sumberg; A. Diagne; S. Whitfield / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2013
New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food and fibre is critical for both food security and economic development. Whether framed in terms of modernisation, productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, so...
Rapid desk-based study: Understanding the relative strength of climate signals compared to other expected development results
J. Essex; C. Gallego Lopez / Evidence on Demand, 2014
This rapid desk-based study provides evidence for understanding the relative strength of climate signals compared to other expected development results. The report summarises overall findings in a ‘traffic light’ rating (r...
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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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