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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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Economic Assessment of the impacts of climate change in Uganda: National Level Assessment - agricultural sector report
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2015
The agricultural sector is a fundamental part of the Ugandan economy, employing about 66 percent of the working population in 2009/10 and contributing about 22 percent to total GDP in the year 2012 (UBOS, 2013). Therefore, imp...
Pulse crops and sustainability: a framework to evaluate multiple benefits
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2016
The potential of pulses - beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and other pulses - to help address future global food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability needs has been acknowledged through the UN declaration of the 2016 I...
Developing beans that can beat the heat
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research 2015
In Africa and Latin America, the production of beans ( Phaseolus vulgaris ) is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, which include higher temperatures and more frequent drought. Within the last 15 years, CGIAR researchers have ...
Africa’s smallholders adapting to climate change: the need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers
Oxfam 2015
The need for national governments and international climate finance to support women producers Climate change is undermining the ability of African nations to feed themselves. Women smallholder producers are on the front line of deali...
Vulnerability of Pacific Island agriculture and forestry to climate change
The Pacific Community (SPC) 2016
Pacific Island countries and territories already face a range of development challenges due to their specific geographic and socio-economic characteristics, and their generally high exposure to natural hazards. The projected changes t...
The challenges of climate change: testing climate smart agricultural solutions for improved food security
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 2016
Climate change is likely to have far-reaching consequences for agriculture, natural resources and food security -?? demanding a response that integrates research, development and policy. Because of the disproportionate impact of clima...
Blue Solutions from Latin America and the wider Caribbean
Blue Solutions 2015
Marine and coastal ecosystems face a wide array of threats, mainly from humankind. Habitat loss and degradation, overfishing, destructive fishing methods, eutrophication and pollution all deteriorate the state of oceans and coasts. In...
Agricultural productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean and other world regions: an analysis of climatic effects, convergence and catch-up
M.A. Lachaud; B.E. Bravo-Ureta; C.E. Ludena / Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 2016
The agricultural sector plays a critical role in the economy of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. However, agricultural productivity in LAC countries is facing the rising challenge imposed by climate change, natura...
The State of Biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
United Nations [UN] Environment Programme 2016
Global Biodiversity Outlook-4, the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, provided a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan’s global biodiversity goals and associated Aich...
The State of Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific: a mid-term review of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
United Nations [UN] Environment Programme 2016
Global Biodiversity Outlook-4 (GBO-4), the mid-term review of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, provided a global assessment of progress towards the attainment of the Plan’s global biodiversity goals and associated A...
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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.