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This brief explains the FIRST programme, an outcome of the partnership between FAO and the EU. The main purpose of the FIRST programme is to strengthen the enabling environment for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in selected priority [...]
The Programme aims at providing technical and analytical as well as capacity development support to relevant regional institutions and national government institutions involved in food and nutrition security, and resilience analysis for policy and programming design purposes.
Uganda is putting significant efforts toward addressing the constraints responsible for its low agricultural productivity, which affects farmers’ incomes and therefore, their food security. The biggest developments are being seen in improving the added value of its production, as well [...]
This policy brief summarizes the main points of the mitigation analysis of the EPIC programme for Zambia. It identifies the principal sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and highlights that the Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU) sector contributes the [...]
From 2003, the Zero Hunger Program and subsequently, in 2011, the Brazil Without Poverty Plan, marked a deliberate convergence of the purposes and actions focused on farmers and family farmers in Brazil. This allowed simultaneous access to social policies and [...]

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

Meeting the 2015 international hunger targets: taking stock of uneven progress
FAO, IFAD, WFP [ 2015 ]
This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as [...]

Adaptation to climate risk and food security. Evidence from smallholder farmers in Ethiopia

Solomon Asfaw , Manuela Coromaldi and Leslie Lipper [ 2015 ]
This paper explores the impact of climate risk on the adoption of risk decreasing practices and other input choices and evaluates their impact on subjective and objective measures of household welfare (namely net crop income and a food insecurity indicator). [...]
We assess farmers' incentives and the conditioning factors that hinder or promote adoption of agricultural technologies under climate risk and evaluate its impact on food security in Niger. We distinguish between (i) exposure to climatic disruptions, (ii) bio-physical sensitivity to [...]

Food security and adaptation impacts of potential climate smart agricultural practices in Zambia

Aslihan Arslan, Nancy McCarthy, Leslie Lipper, Solomon Asfaw, Andrea Cattaneo and Misael Kokwe [ 2015 ]
This paper analyzes how a set of widely promoted agricultural practices, including reduced tillage, crop rotations, legume intercropping as well as the use of modern inputs, affect crop yields and their resilience (i.e. probability of disastrously low yields) in Zambia [...]
The definition of family farm varies across countries and contexts. We reviewed 36 definitions and uses of the term “family farm” by academics, government and civil society organisations that describe the characteristics that make family farms unique. After reviewing these [...]
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