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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?
Farner and cart
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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Overview of the scientific, political and financial landscape of Climate-Smart Agriculture in West Africa
R. Zougmoré (ed); A. Sy Traoré (ed); Y. Mbodj (ed) / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2015
This report documents and analyses the current and future perspectives of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) for five major sectors in West Africa. It explores the specific features of the scientific, institutional, policy and fun...
Climate change and the agriculture crisis: agroecology as a solution
P. Laxmi Thapa / Focus on the Global South, 2015
This report seeks to answer several questions on climate change, its causes, how it will affect people’s lives and environment and the importance of agroecology within this. It explores how agroecology farms hold immense ...
Towards efficient land use in Brazil
J. Assunção; J. Chiavari / Climate Policy Initiative, 2015
This report focuses on the promotion of economic growth and improving ecosystem protection within Brazil’s rural landscape. It argues that there is significant potential for simultaneously promoting both these things, but...
Climate-Smart Agriculture: A call for action - Synthesis of the Asia-Pacifi c Regional Workshop Bangkok, Thailand, 18 to 20 June 2015
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015
This report outlines conclusions and recommendations from the ‘Regional Asia-Pacific Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture: A call for action’ which was held in June 2015. The workshop, in Bangkok, Thailand, had the...
Food security in a climate perspective: what role could the private sector play regarding investment in smallholder agriculture in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia
M.E. Bachke; R. Haug / Noragric, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of L, 2014
The purpose of this study is to discuss different ways of implementing the "Food Security in a Climate  Perspective  strategy 2013-15" in  relation  to  support  to  private  sector  develo...
Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system
R. Bailey; T.G. Benton; A. Challinor / Global Food Security Programme, 2015
This report examines the resilience of the global food system to extreme weather. This summary is built on three detailed reports and presents evidence that the global food system is vulnerable to production shocks caused by ex...
Three tools to unlock finance for land-use mitigation and adaptation
A. Falconer; C. Parker; P. Keenlyside / Climate Focus, 2015
This study outlines three tools which have been developed to help low and middle-income country governments and their partners to identify the changes in public support that can help to drive scaled-up private sector investment in lan...
Rural advisory services: What works? A synthesis on innovative approaches for benefiting and empowering farmers
World Agroforestry Centre, 2015
This paper presents an assessment of four types of Rural Advisory Services with two examples – from Africa and Southeast Asia – of successful agroforestry extension programs. The four types are: a) Farmer-to-farmer ...
Systematic review of current efforts to quantify the impacts of climate change on undernutrition
R.K. Phalkey; C. Aranda-Jan; S. Marx / Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2015
Malnutrition is a challenge to the health and productivity of populations and is viewed as one of the five largest adverse health impacts of climate change. Nonetheless, systematic evidence quantifying these impacts is currently limit...
Building Environmental Resilience: A snapshot of farmers adapting to climate change in Kenya
K. Thompson; I. Kruszewska; R. Tirado / Greenpeace International, 2015
This report examines the practise used to build resilience to climate change by farmers in Kenya. In October 2014 interviews were conducted with farmers and members of the organisations that support them in West and Eastern Ken...
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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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