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January 11, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agriculture and climate change

This issue covers the topic climate change. Agriculture has been one of the most complex topics in climate negotiations. Agriculture is a major contributing factor to climate change; at the same time, it is one of the areas most affected by climate change, which is jeopardizing global food security. »

November 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
The nutrition advantage: Harnessing nutrition co-benefits of climate-resilient agriculture

This study of IFAD’s experience in improving nutrition in climate-sensitive agricultural investments, shows that climate change impacts in agriculture and the prevalence of malnutrition in rural areas are deeply intertwined. »

November 9, 2017Knowledge Portal
Ten emerging lessons from the African Seed Access Index (TASAI)

This publication shows ten emerging lessons from studies appraising the the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors in 13 countries. A competitive seed sector is key to ensuring timely availability of high quality seeds of improved, appropriate varieties at affordable prices to smallholder farmers in Africa. »

November 8, 2017Knowledge Portal
Schools as a system to improve nutrition

This discussion paper shows that schools offer a unique opportunity to improve nutrition using a systemic, multi-sectoral approach. Social, health, economic and ethic arguments coalesce in and around schools. »

October 31, 2017Knowledge Portal
A qualitative evaluation of gender aspects of agricultural intensification practices in central Malawi

This evaluation report aims to provide guidance in understanding gender dynamics in central Malawi to improve gender integration in agronomic practices and technologies being promoted by Africa RISING. Focus group discussions were held with 148 male and female farmers and complemented by key informant interviews. »

October 18, 2017Knowledge Portal
Options and opportunities to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa

This publication provides an overview of the key continental, regional and national frameworks and policies to promote sustainable and resilient food value chains (VC) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it examines their effectiveness. The study looks at six VCs: livestock (including meat and dairy products), rice, cassava, maize, pulses and mangoes in several dryland countries. »