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Climate variability adaptation strategies and food security in Malawi. ESA Working Paper No 14-08 This paper assesses farmers’ incentives and conditioning factors that hinder or promote adaptation strategies and evaluates its impact on crop productivity by utilizing household level data collected in 2011 from nationally representative sample households in Malawi. We distinguish between (i) exposure to climatic disruptions, (ii) bio-physical sensitivity to such disruptions, (iii) household adaptive capacity in terms of farmers’ ability to prepare and adjust to the resulting stress, and, finally, (iv) system-level adaptive capacity that serve as enabling factors for household-level adaptation. We employ a multivariate probit (MVP) and instrumental variable technique to model farming practice selection decisions and their yield impact estimates. We find that exposure to delayed onset of rainfall and greater climate variability as represented by the coefficient of variation of rainfall and temperature is positively associated with the choice of risk-reducing agricultural practices such as tree planting, legume intercropping, and soil and water conservation (SWC); however, it reduces the use of inputs (such as inorganic fertilizer) whose risk reduction benefits are uncertain. Biophysical sensitivity of plots increases the likelihood of choice of tree planting and SWC. [more]
FAO Success Stories on Climate-Smart Agriculture This booklet provides examples of climate-smart systems by showcasing some FAO success stories in various countries. The cases have been selected from the FAO Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Sourcebook launched in 2013 to show the diversity of potential options across different regions and agricultural systems also covering subjects such as biodiversity and gender. [more]
Cambio climático, pesca y acuicultura en América Latina. Potenciales impactos y desafíos para la adaptación Estas Actas reúnen casos de estudio y las deliberaciones de un taller regional de expertos titulado “Cambio Climático, Pesca y Acuicultura en América Latina (LA): Potenciales Impactos y Desafíos para la Adaptación” que llevó a cabo del 5 al 7 de octubre de 2011, en el Centro de Investigación Oceanográfica en el Pacífico Sur Oriental (COPAS) de la Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile. El taller tuvo como principal objetivo ofrecer una perspectiva regional inicial para América Latina sobre de los posibles impactos y potencial de adaptación al cambio climatico en la pesca y la acuicultura, además de discutir y acordar recomendaciones regionales para fortalecer la adaptación a nivel nacional y local y fortalecer la colaboración regional En la reunión se presentaron y discutieron tres casos de estudio provenientes e ambientes diversos; uno en una zona costera tropical, el Golfo de Fonseca en Centro América (Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador), el segundo en la provincia de Loreto cubriendo una parte del Alto Amazonas en Perú representando las aguas continentales y el tercero dividido en dos capítulos representado la situación de los ambientes marinos asociados a la corriente de Humboldt y la Patagonia. [more]
Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa. Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania This publication presents the results and lessons learned from the FAO-Sida supported pilot project “Strengthening capacity for climate change adaptation in land and water management” in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The project proposed an integrated package of approaches that addressed the drivers of vulnerability and targeted climate change impacts. It focused on technologies that improve soil health and facilitate water conservation, the diversification of the sources of livelihood and income, and the strengthening of local institutions. The publication describes a series of pilot activities that successfully contributed to enhanced resilience of farming communities and offer substantial opportunities for up scaling. This experience shows that a boost in investment is needed to ensure a more sustainable and resilient management of an already declining resource base, and that adapting to climate change in the region will require renewed efforts in improving land and water management through supportive policies, capacity development and targeted investments [more]

last updated:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013