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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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The next global breadbasket: How Latin America can feed the world
M. Zeigler / Sustainable Development Department, Inter-American Development Bank 2016
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has a third of the world's fresh water resources, and more than a quarter of the world's medium to high potential farmland. The region as a whole...
Hot, hungry and starved of investment: supporting smallholders to build a climate-resilient agricultural sector in southern Africa
K. Hanks / Oxfam 2016
As the African Development Bank meets in southern Africa, one of the strongest and most sustained El Niño events on record, turbocharged by climate change, is causing severe drought, failed harvests and a hunger crisis across t...
Setting and implementing science-based targets: recommendations for food and beverage companies
A. Sen / Oxfam 2016
The food and beverage sector is both a significant driver of global climate change, and among the most adversely impacted by climate change. Food and beverage companies, therefore, have a major role to play in reducing global greenhou...
The impact of food assistance on pastoralist livelihoods in humanitarian crises: an evidence synthesis protocol
K. Czuba; T. O'Niell / Oxfam 2016
This protocol outlines plans for conducting an evidence synthesis on the impact of food aid on pastoralist livelihoods. The distinctiveness of pastoralists – including factors related to the erosion of their livelihood strategies...
Feeding climate change: what the Paris Agreement means for food and beverage companies
T. Gore; R. Pearl-Martinez / Oxfam 2016
The Paris Agreement marked a major breakthrough in support for climate action from many parts of the business community, including from key actors in the food and beverage sector. But despite significant progress, much work remains to...
CARIWIG assessment of climate change impacts on selected crops and livestock in Belize and Jamaica: an example for the Caribbean Basin
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre 2016
This study reveals that substantial negative impacts on food production should be expected from future climate scenarios such as those provided by PRECIS simulations made under different initial assumptions in Belize. This is an indic...
The implications of global climate change for fisheries management in the Caribbean
L. Nurse / Climate and Development 2011
Concerns about the socio-economic impacts of observed and projected climate change have been high on the research agendas of scientists for the last several decades. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the rece...
Timescales of transformational climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan African agriculture
U. Rippke / Nature [journal] 2016
Climate change is projected to constitute a significant threat to food security if no adaptation actions are taken. Transformation of agricultural systems, for example switching crop types or moving out of agriculture, is proje...
Traditional markets for poverty reduction and food security: Exploring policy options in Honduras and Nicaragua
B. Reyes / International Center for Tropical Agriculture 2016
With financial support from the Ford Foundation, in 2015 the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and its partners Swisscontact and Lutheran World Relief implemented the study “Informal markets for poverty...
The food loss and waste accounting and reporting standard
Policy Research Capacity Initiative, WRI 2016
The FLW Standard is a set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly measure, report on and manage food loss and waste. The standard comes as a growing number of g...
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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.