This Topic Guide focuses on two major issues:
- how climate change affects food security and agricultural growth
- how programming around climate-smart agriculture can help adapt, build
resilience and decrease greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating
economic growth and poverty reduction in the agricultural sector.
Written for DFID staff, the Guide is suitable for non-experts and
experts on food, farming and climate change. It is not a comprehensive
manual, but aims to provide sufficient information to enable development
professionals to take some practical steps in their day-to-day work, as
well as to know where to look for more information.
The main message from this Topic Guide is that climate change is already
affecting food security and agricultural growth under all types of
agriculture, and is expected to continue to have an increasingly serious
impact on smallholders and large scale agriculture. A well-considered
approach that tackles both technical and structural issues in
agriculture is essential, and can create a prosperous climate-resilient
agricultural sector that enables inclusive growth.
The guide comprises 4 sections. Section 1 provides an overview of the
challenge of climate change, food security and agriculture. Sections 2
and 3 focus on \"hot topics\" on climate smart agriculture (CSA)
including: CSA practices, gender, the economics of climate change and
agriculture, the debate around multiple benefits and financing CSA
approaches. Section 4 looks at programming and draws out key messages
for advisers and policy makers.
Two country case studies for Malawi and Nepal accompany the guide.
Summaries are included in the text.
This Topic Guide has been produced by the Overseas Development Institute
for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Adaptation
Knowledge and Tools programme and published through Evidence on Demand.
The Adaptation Knowledge and Tools programme is a DFID-funded programme
intended to maximise the effectiveness of UK and international
investment in climate change adaptation and resilience. The knowledge
and tools generated through this programme are expected to promote
greater understanding of what constitutes best practice in adaptation,
as well as better international cohesion and coordination around
adaptation. Through these entry points the programme expects to increase
the quality of international and UK adaptation programming and reduce
Grist, N. Topic Guide: Climate change, food security and agriculture. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) x + 63 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.april2015.gristn]