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Regional focus: Africa's response to climate risks
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The Eldis Climate Change Resource guide is showcasing regional content from Africa, Asia and Latin America. This week we focus on Africa.

We know that Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and evidence from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) shows that 'climate change is expected to have widespread impacts on African society and Africans’ interaction with the natural environment.

Links to a previous blog by Dr. Johnson Nkem, from the African Climate Policy Centre, Eldis climate change country profiles, and regionally focused research readings have been pulled together to feature how Africa is responding to climate stresses and shocks.

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Latest Documents

Adoption of climate smart technologies in East Africa: Findings from two surveys and participatory exercises with farmers and local experts
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
As part of the “Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation” (PACCA) project this info note summarizes findings of a project activity entitled “Influencing and linking policies and institutions from national to local le...
Climate-smart solutions for Mali: Findings from implementing the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Mali is experiencing erratic rainfall, resulting in more frequent dry years, which threaten agricultural productivity and growth. The national economy is vulnerable to climate change due to 50% of GDP coming from the agricultural sect...
How can we develop value chain programs that address climate risks? Lessons from an IFAD-CGIAR learning event
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Agriculture’s growing prominence in climate priorities is a major opportunity to enhance IFAD’s positive impact on smallholders’ engagement in value chains. Value chain projects face multiple climate risks – and of...
Local, reliable and timely agro-climatic information: a requirement of Colombian farmers
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Awareness of climatic information relevant for future decisions through climatic forecasts is not enough to support farmer’s decision-making. It is necessary to look for agricultural management alternatives that allow farmers to ...
A gender-responsive approach to climate-smart agriculture: evidence and guidance for practitioners
S. Nelson; S. Huyer / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
The gender gap in agriculture is a pattern, documented worldwide, in which women in agriculture have less access to productive resources, financial capital and to advisory services compared to men (FAO, 2011). In the context of Climat...
Climate-Smart Agriculture in Senegal
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate...
Transitioning to more sustainable, low-emissions agriculture in Brazil
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Sustainability, traceability, and branding for final consumers have been a component of market development of coffee for two decades in Brazil, but only just started in the beef sector. Sustainability initiatives for coffee have enjoy...
Gender differences in climate change perception and adaptation strategies: A case study on three provinces in Vietnam's Mekong River Delta
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
This brief summarizes the findings of a project output for the Policy Information and Response Platform on Climate Change and Rice in ASEAN and its Member Countries (PIRCCA), being implemented by the International Rice Research Instit...
The System of Rice Intensification (SRI): revisiting agronomy for a changing climate
E. Styger; N. Uphoff / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
By modifying management of rice plants, soil, water and nutrients to improve growth environments, farmers can get higher-yielding, more vigorous and resilient plants nurtured by larger root systems and greater diversity/abundance of b...
Shifting food consumption to mitigate climate change is critical to fulfilling the Paris Agreement, but how?
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
Most attention to climate change mitigation in the agriculture sector has focused on technical and policy options for changing production rather than consumption. Yet significant opportunities for mitigation exist in shifting food con...
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