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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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Wise practice for coping with beach erosion: Grenada
Government of Grenada, 1998
This booklet outlines the natural and human forces which impact beach erosion, the historic rate of change between 1985 and 1999 in Grenada, and practical steps to help.
Geographical information system-assisted water availability analysis for Grenada: map compendium
United Nations [UN] Environment Programme, 2006
Map compendium of water availability for Grenada, produced as part of the UNEP project, Promoting Rainwater Harvesting in Caribbean Small Island Developing States. The data presented in the compendium is intended to assist plan...
Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique land policy issues paper
E. Niles / United Nations Human Settlements Programme, 2013
This report presents the findings from the synthesis of national land related issues in Grenada and establishes the baseline systemic and institutional capacity for land policy development. The report identifies the technical gaps, as...
Strengthening Agrobiodiversity: A Key Adaptation Strategy for Latin America’s Mountain Ecosystems
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2015
Latin America is home to many areas with a high concentration of agrobiodiversity, especially in its mountain ecosystems. Increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as droughts and frosts, is reducing agrobiodi...
Africa's quest for food security: what is the role of urban agriculture?
G. Arku / African Capacity Building Foundation, 2012
Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly significant as a source of household food, a trend that is closely linked to declining incomes of vulnerable urban households in the wake of neoliberal economic restructuring, high rates of u...
Carbon offsets and agricultural livelihoods: lessons learned from a carbon credit project in the transition zone of Ghana
I. Hashmiu / STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, 2012
This paper focuses on one project in Ghana, and is aimed at understanding how the Vision 2050 Forestry Carbon Credit Project (CCP) interacts with property rights, resource access and livelihoods of smallholders in the Forest-Savanna T...
Climate-smart agriculture in Uruguay
World Bank, 2015
In recent years, farmers have been affected by increased climatic variability, reflected in periods of excessive precipitation and flooding and more intensive and frequent drought. Uruguay has long been considered on the forefront of ...
Climate-Smart agriculture in Rwanda
A. Nowak / World Bank, 2015
The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate...
Sensitivity of crop water need to 2071–95 projected temperature and precipitation changes in Jamaica
S. Curtis 2014
This study uses empirical models to examine the potential impact of climate change, based on a range of 100 year phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) projections, on crop water need in Jamaica. Over the an...
Managing small-scale fisheries. Alternative directions and methods
F. Berkes / International Development Research Centre, 2001
Although definitions of small-scale fisheries and fisheries management vary widely, it is generally accepted that their goal is to produce for generations of humans a reasonably steady, sustainable stream of benefits from living aquat...
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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.