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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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Cultivating climate resilience: the Shea value chain
Overseas Development Institute 2016
The economy of Burkina Faso remains relatively undiversified and is strongly driven by the climate-sensitive agriculture sector. Burkinabe agriculture is known to be mostly extensive and not highly productive. Major physical constrain...
Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods
A. Delaney; P. Tamás / Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research 2016
This document is a sytematic review of food systems governance indicators. It was undertaken by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)’s Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Sec...
The cost of irrigation water in the Jordan Valley
C. van den Berg / World Bank Institute, World Bank 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the financial cost of irrigation water in the Jordan Valley and the corresponding impact of higher water prices on farming. The analysis shows that JVA needs significant tariff increases to b...
Cocoa in Indonesia: Upscaling climate smart agriculture
International Center for Tropical Agriculture 2015
The first in a collection of CIAT fundraising factsheets that provide overviews of the following cocoa in Indonesia issues: Upscaling Climate-Smart Agriculture; Data to understand adoption of improved cocoa pro...
Cocoa in Indonesia: data to understand adoption of improved cocoa production practices
International Center for Tropical Agriculture 2015
The second in a collection of CIAT fundraising factsheets that provide overviews of the following cocoa in Indonesia issues: Upscaling Climate-Smart Agriculture; Data to understand adoption of improved cocoa pr...
Understanding carbon footprint and GHG emissions
International Center for Tropical Agriculture 2015
Cocoa in Indonesia: Understanding carbon footprint and GHG emissions is the sixth in a collection of CIAT fundraising factsheets that provide overviews of the following cocoa in Indonesia issues: Upscaling Climate-Smart...
Exposure maps: cocoa suitability
International Center for Tropical Agriculture 2015
Cocoa is increasingly recognized as a crop which is vulnerable to climate change. However, the extent to which current growing areas in Indonesia will be climatically unsuited to cultivation in the future is unknown. This uncertainty ...
Cropping frequency and area response to climate variability can exceed yield response
A. Cohn / Nature [journal] 2016
The researchers have used evidence from Mato Grosso, Brazil, to show that changes in agricultural output stemming from the sensitivity of cropland area and cropping frequency to interannual climate variability are of similar magnitude...
Climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture: A synthesis of six regional studies
C. Brugere / Fisheries Department, FAO 2015
Global reviews of the impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture systems carried out in 2009 revealed a paucity and patchiness of information concerning climate impacts on the sector. Six follow-up regional case studies we...
The changing climate and human vulnerability in north-central Namibia
M. Angula; M. Kaundjua / Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 2016
North-central Namibia is more vulnerable to effects of climate change and variability. Combined effects of environmental degradation, social vulnerability to poverty and a changing climate will compromise subsistence farming in north-...
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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.