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Climate-Smart Agricultutre training manual

A reference manual for agricultural extension agents
FAO EPIC team [ 2018 ]
This manual is designed for a four-day training course on climate-smart agriculture that would take the learner from the basics of climate science to the impacts of climate change and the linkages among climate, agriculture and food security. It contains [...]

Policy priorities relating to rural migration depend on country contexts

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 13
FAO [ 2018 ]
Many different policies affect rural migration through their impacts on agriculture, rural development, food insecurity and poverty. As countries at different levels of development face different challenges and policy priorities (as shown in the typology based on rural migration drivers), [...]

Demystifying the link between migration and development informs policy

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 12
FAO [ 2018 ]
Contrary to popular belief, development is more likely to increase rather than reduce emigration from countries at lower levels of income. The notion that better economic opportunities at home will reduce the incentive to migrate ignores what happens when development [...]

Achieving positive rural migration outcomes in rural areas

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 11
FAO [ 2018 ]
Migration from rural areas is significant, and policy-makers must seek to maximize its positive impacts on development. The movement of people out of agriculture and into other sectors with higher productivity – manufacturing and services, mostly located in urban areas [...]

Mitigating persistent welfare losses due to weather shocks: The case of livestock herders in Kyrgyzstan

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 10
FAO [ 2018 ]
Kyrgyzstan experienced an extremely cold winter in 2012, with heavy snowfall followed by a significant spring run-off. This harsh winter led to considerable livestock mortality and price rises for animal products, with a substantial impact on the welfare of livestock [...]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2018

Migration, agriculture and rural development
FAO [ 2018 ]
Can investments influence people’s decisions about whether to migrate? Can policies maximize the positive impacts of migration while minimizing the negative ones? SOFA 2018 looks at how internal and international migratory flows link to economic development, demographic change, and natural-resource pressure. [...]

The future of food and agriculture – Alternative pathways to 2050

FAO Global Perspectives Studies team [ 2018 ]
This report explores three different scenarios for the future of food and agriculture, based on alternative trends for key drivers, including income growth and distribution, population growth, technical progress and climate change. Building on the report The future of food and [...]

Model agreement for responsible contract farming: with commentary

Carin Smaller, William Speller and Sarah Brewin [ 2018 ]
The Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming is a simple and practical legal tool to support the implementation of global principles and guidelines and make responsible investment a reality. It is designed to address some of the inequalities in contract [...]
This document summarizes the online discussion Youth employment in agriculture as a solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa, which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 16 July to [...]

Cropping system diversification in Eastern and Southern Africa: Identifying policy options to enhance productivity and build resilience

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 18-05
Giuseppe Maggio, Nicholas J. Sitko and Ada Ignaciuk [ 2018 ]
Crop diversification is an important policy objective to promote climate change adaptation, yet the drivers and impacts of crop diversification vary considerably depending on the specific combinations of crops a farmer grows. This paper examines adoption determinants of seven different [...]
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