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03 Sep 2013 description

New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it

September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

31 Dec 2010 description

Background

Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet today. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries, climate change is a major threat to sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The combined effects of climate change, increased global population and income growth, among others, threaten to affect food and water resources that are critical for livelihoods in SSA.

22 Nov 2010 description

Abstract

Climate change represents the medium and long-term changes in average weather patterns. It is the result of both external forces and human activity. The major external forces that influence climate change include such processes as variations in solar radiation, deviations in the earth's orbit, and variations in the level of Green House Gas (GHG) concentrations, which lead to changes in the global mean temperature and the amount of precipitation.

04 Sep 2009 description

Preamble

1. From 31 August to 4 September 2009, 226 participants from 4 continents and 28 countries assembled in Maputo, Mozambique for the 9th Annual Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) policy dialogue, which addressed the theme of "Agriculture's True Contribution to the Economic Development of Southern Africa".

27 Jul 2009 description

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) announced today a three-year pilot project to help rural women farmers influence agricultural policy development in Southern Africa. Funding for the programme is provided by a $900,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project, Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM), seeks to strengthen women farmers' ability to advocate for appropriate agricultural policies and programmes.

19 Jan 2009 description

At least 400 rural farmers in Mozambique=B4s southern province of Inhambane are in need of help to replanting their fields which were washed away in the December floods, authorities said on Sunday.

The Mayor of Inhambane, Lourenco Macule, told APA in a telephone interview on Sunday that there was need to reposition the agricultural system in that province which was completely destroyed after thousands of hectares of crop page were washed away in the floods.

Inhambane province was the first province of the country to be hit by destructive floods in December after the onset of the rain …

30 Jun 2005 description

FAONEWSRELEASE 05/88 En

Rome, 30 June 2005 - School gardens can be a powerful tool to improve the quality of nutrition and education of children and their families in rural and urban areas in developing countries, if they are integrated with national agricultural, nutrition and education programmes, FAO said today.

Since 1997, over 150 school garden  microprojects have been supported by FAO's TeleFood programme in more than 40 countries. Larger FAO technical cooperation projects are under way, including capacity-building for long-term national school garden programmes.