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Early action against dzud safeguards herders’ livelihoods in Mongolia

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 15
Catherine Jones and Niccolò Lombardi (FAO) [ 2018 ]
This policy brief analyses the outcomes of targeted early actions in Mongolia during the winter of 2017 to 2018, triggered by warnings that extreme weather posed a major risk to vulnerable livestock herders. It evaluates their effectiveness and quantifies the [...]

How do extreme weather events affect livestock herders’ welfare? Evidence from Kyrgyzstan

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 18-07
Valentina Conti, Nicholas J. Sitko and Ada Ignaciuk [ 2018 ]
This paper examines the impact of the harsh 2012 winter on livestock herding households in Kyrgyzstan and identifies policy options to increase household resilience to such shocks. While existing studies mostly focus on rainfall shocks in tropical or dry climate [...]

Climate resilience pathways of rural households: evidence from Ethiopia

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 18-06
Solomon Asfaw, Giuseppe Maggio and Alessandro Palma [ 2018 ]
Climate variability and extreme events continue to impose significant challenges to households, particularly to those that are less resilient. By exploring the resilience capacity of rural Ethiopian households after the drought shock occurred in 2011, using panel data, this paper [...]

Analyse de la resilience en Mauritanie

Rapport d'analyse de la résilience No. 14
Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA) Team, FAO [ 2018 ]
This report provides an analysis of various dimensions of the resilience capacity of Mauritanian households. The results of the RIMA analysis (Resilience Index Measurement Analysis) provide evidence to demonstrate the factors that enable certain households to overcome shocks and other [...]

3ADI+ Programme Pamphlet

Partnering for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
FAO and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) [ 2018 ]
The Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation (3ADI+) is a joint value chain and market systems development programme, spearheaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). [...]

Using seasonal forecasts to support farmer adaptation to climate risks

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 14
Ada Ignaciuk, Giuseppe Maggio and Nicholas Sitko (FAO) [ 2018 ]
The brief uses a unique set of data from Zambia collected from smallholders before and after the 2015/2016 ENSO event, which was widely anticipated by regional and global forecast services to contribute to dry conditions in southern Zambia and an [...]

Climate-Smart Agricultutre training manual

A reference manual for agricultural extension agents
Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate Change (EPIC) Team, FAO [ 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 [...]
This document summarizes the online discussion "Addressing water scarcity in agriculture: how can indigenous or traditional practices help?", which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 12 June to 6 July 2018. The [...]

Policy priorities relating to rural migration depend on country contexts

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 13
The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Team, 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
The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) Team, 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 [...]