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Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is defined as agricultural practices that sustainably increase productivity and system resilience while reducing greenhouse gas emissions¹. CSA helps ensure that climate change adaptation and mitigation are directly incorporated into agricultural development planning and investment strategies. Our perspective on CSA is sustainable agriculture, based upon integrated management of water, land and ecosystems at landscape scale.
Climate change poses a real risk to the future of farming and food security in southern Africa. Crop yields in the region, especially for staples (e.g. maize), are already low: about 35% less than the global average. In the past 10 years, several climate change research studies (Gbetibouo and Hassan, 2005; Fischer et al., 2005; Abraha and Savage, 2006; Liu et al., 2008; Thornton et al., 2011) have been commissioned to assess the impacts of climate change on food security, agriculture and natural resources development.
WE the Heads of State and Government of the African Union assembled in Abuja, Nigeria, on the 7th day of December 2006;
EXPRESSING our appreciation to His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Government and People of Nigeria, for hosting this Summit which has offered us an opportunity to renew our commitment to combating poverty and food and nutrition insecurity in Africa, and to direct our attention to a few key decisions that can best move us forward with a view to eradicating hunger by 2030;
RECALLING the decision to adopt the …
Aid alignment, harmonization, coordination and effectiveness still remain the major priority issues for the majority of developing countries struggling to ensure that they do their part in living up to the Rome and Paris Declarations of 2003 and 2005 respectively.
FANRPAN: Creation and Renewal
It is increasingly recognised that agriculture must play a role in pro-poor economic growth in countries with large, poor rural sectors. There is also a major focus on social protection interventions to address risks and insecurity affecting poor people. However current policy debate and formulation makes only limited attempts to integrate agricultural and social protection policies. This paper outlines significant paradigm shifts in policies affecting both these fields and highlights pertinent issues arising from interactions between agricultural and social protection policies.