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Agriculture, food security and climate change

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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Linking food security, climate adaptation and carbon management: a case study from Indonesia
Y.P.K. Suny; J.A. Lassa / Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change, 2014
This paper explores how food security, adaptation and carbon management objectives can be achieved at the local level? Constraints and opportunities are discussed from a local context in Indonesia. This paper argues that withou...
Integrated national policy approaches to climate-smart agriculture: Insights from Brazil, Ethiopia, and New Zealand
C. Negra / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
This paper explores how three countries – Brazil, Ethiopia, and New Zealand – are using integrated policy approaches to address the linked challenges of climate change, unsustainable agriculture, and food insecurity. ...
Climate change, crop production and child under nutrition in Ethiopia; a longitudinal panel study
S. Hagos; T. Lunde; D.H. Mariam; T. Woldehanna; B. Lindtjørn / BMC Public Health, 2014
Background: The amount and distribution of rainfall and temperature influences household food availability, thus increasing the risk of child under nutrition. However, few studies examined the local spatial variability and the impact ...
Irrigation schemes and weather extremes: the challenge for Zimbabwe
Oxfam, 2014
This case study of an irrigation project implemented by Oxfam and the government of Zimbabwe in Ruti, in Gutu district of Masvingo province, indicates that local adaptation efforts can go a long way, but there is still a danger that p...
The Last Straw: food security in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and the additional burden of climate change
T Kurvits (ed); B. Kaltenborn (ed) / GRID Arendal, 2014
This report provides a regional overview of food security in the mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region under changing environmental and socio-economic conditions, and presents options to improve policy, actions, and knowledge t...
Climate and environmental change: views from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility
A.W. Kelbert / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2014
This report explores the views of people living on low and precarious incomes on the connections between food prices and climate and environmental change. It is based on research designed to explore experiences of food price volatilit...
Securing rights, combating climate change: how strengthening community forest rights mitigates climate change
C. Stevens; R. Winterbottom; J. Springer; K. Reytar / World Resources Institute [ES], 2014
This report analyses evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It makes the case for strengthening the rights of indigeno...
Meta-analysis of crop responses to conservation agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa
M. Corbeels; R.K Sakyi; R.F Kühne; A. Whitbread / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
The aim of this study is to compare and combine the results from different conservation agriculture experiments using meta-analysis in the hope of identifying patterns among study results, sources of disagreement among those results, ...
Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition: A report by The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition
Committee on World Food Security, FAO, 2014
This report has a focus on fish for food security in the face of challenges in sustainability governance and economic constraints. This report argues that the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food security and nutri...
Climate change in Central and South America: recent trends, future projections, and impacts on regional agriculture
J.A. Marengo; S.C. Chou; R. Torres / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
Central and South America. The report assesses the implications of climate change for agriculture, with a particular focus on those aspects of climate change that will have greatest impact on the crops currently grown in each region. ...
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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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