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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?
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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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Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism – the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean
W. Bugler; Olivia Palin / Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such as Jamaic...
Climate impacts on agriculture and tourism: the case for climate resilient investment in the Caribbean
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2017
For the Caribbean, climate change is not tomorrow’s problem. The threats it poses are neither distant nor abstract – they are already apparent. In recent years, hurricanes have caused major damage in countries such a...
The Future of rice security under climate change
P.P.S. Teng; M. Caballero-Anthony; J.A. Lassa / Centre For Non-Traditional Security Studies 2016
Food systems are climate and weather dependent; heat stress and changes in rainfall patterns and relative humidity are likely to regulate crop yields. Elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) are likely to directly and indirectly bring n...
Impact of climate change on select value chains in Mozambique
Chemonics International Inc. 2017
In Mozambique, where agriculture accounts for more than 25 percent of gross domestic product and employs about 80 percent of the country’s workforce, climate change has potential to reduce production of key crops and jeopardize b...
Policies and practices for climate smart agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative assessment of challenges and opportunities across 15 countries
M. G. Bastos Lima / Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Analysis Network 2014
This report is a product of the collaboration between the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and the Earth System Governance Project, on policies for climate-smart agriculture. It synthesizes the...
Climatic trends, risk perceptions and coping strategies of smallholder farmers in rural Uganda
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
Smallholder farmers in Uganda face a wide range of agricultural production risks, with climate change and variability presenting new risks and vulnerabilities. Climate related risks  such as prolonged dry seasons have become more...
Malawi summary of baseline studies: country report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
This report reflects the summary of baseline findings in Malawi, under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Adaptation Programme in Africa. It identifies gaps in climate information access and use a...
Tanzania summary of baseline studies: country report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
This report reflects upon the consolidated findings from the baseline and scoping studies conducted under the auspices of Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Adaptation Programme in Africa. It identifies gaps in climate infor...
Crops, crop pests and climate change - why Africa needs to be better prepared
Julian Smith / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
Ongoing investments in agriculture will not deliver for Africa until the destabilising nature of crop pest events, especially shock outbreak events, are addressed. As a result of climate change, the prevalence of crop pests wi...
Reaching more farmers: Innovative approaches to scaling up climate-smart agriculture
O. Westermann; P. Thornton; W. Förch / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2015
The purpose of this working paper is to provide insight into how we can use novel approaches to scale up research findings on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to meaningfully address the challenges of poverty and climate change. The ap...
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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.