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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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Policies for enhanced livestock productivity and wealth creation in a changing climate
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2010
Agriculture in Africa is changing rapidly. Agriculture and livestock systems are among the most climate sensitive economic sectors. Many of the climate change predictions suggest that African livestock will be damaged by as early as 2...
Evidence to support climate change adaptation in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network, 2015
In southern Africa, the predicted 2°C rise in temperature will destabilise farming systems. Coping mechanisms, livelihood strategies and the cost of adaptation options for smallholder farmers are not sufficiently understood in the...
Blame it on the Rain?: Gender differentiated impacts of drought on agricultural wage and work in India
K. Mahajan / UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, 2014
This study examines how rainfall shocks, which affect demand for labour in Indian agriculture, alter wage gaps between men and women in the agriculture sector. It uses district-level panel data based on national sample survey data for...
Kailash sacred landscape conservation initiative – Feasibility assessment report
R. Zomer (ed); K.P. Oli (ed) / International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, (ICIMOD), Nepal, 2011
The Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) spreads across a vast region that includes remote portions of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China (TAR China) and contiguous areas of Nepal and India. This area is historically, ecologically, and cu...
Farmers, food and climate change: ensuring community-based adaptation is mainstreamed into agricultural programmes
Climate change creates widespread risks for food production. As climate impacts are often locally specific, it is imperative that large-scale initiatives to support smallholder farmers consider local priorities and integrate lessons f...
High-altitude rangelands and their interfaces in the Hindu Kush Himalayas
W. Ning (ed); G.S. Rawat (ed); S. Joshi (ed); M. Ismail (ed); E. Sharma (ed) / International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, (ICIMOD), Nepal, 2013
The interfaces between high-altitude rangelands and other ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region such as forests, wetlands, and agricultural land are suffering from degradation, desertification, and soil erosion, which are furt...
Coping with climate change – the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015
This book argues that genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world in the face of climate change and that more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize biological diversity. It argues that crops, livestoc...
Wetting and drying: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving water from rice production
T.K. Adhya; B. Linquist; T. Searchinger / World Resources Institute [ES], 2014
This is the eighth instalment of the ‘Creating a Sustainable Food Future’ series and explores the potential to improve water management in rice production in order to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and save w...
Environmental livelihood security in Southeast Asia and Oceania: a water-energy-food-livelihoods nexus approach for spatially assessing change
E.M. Biggs; B. Boruff; E. Bruce / International Water Management Institute, 2014
This document addresses the need for explicit inclusion of livelihoods within the environment nexus (water-energy-food security). The authors present a conceptualisation of ‘environmental livelihood security’, which combin...
Background paper: research and development and extension services in agriculture and food security
A.S. Wesley; M. Faminow / Asian Development Bank, 2014
This paper explores the role of applied research for development and extension services through the two-pronged approach of boosting food production and preventing losses. Priority areas for research emphasize attention to smallholder...
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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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