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It is evident that the Philippines is bearing the brunt of climate change, making it crucial to adapt at a pace comparable with the increasing impacts of the changing climate. Recognizing the value of research and science in drawing long-term and sustainable solutions to climate change issues, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) - Philippines holds an annual national climate conference to discuss the climate knowledge in the country and determine the gaps in climate-related research and policies.…
Analysis of agriculture in countries’ climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies finds: Most Parties to the UNFCCC include agriculture in their mitigation targets (80%) and adaptation strategies (64%); Non-annex 1 Parties note the need for international financial support to implement their INDCs and raise the ambition of their contributions; For countries to meet their targets, climate finance will need to address agriculture.  
After two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 nations have finally agreed on a global climate change agreement to replace the nearly expired Kyoto Protocol. The Paris Agreement – which aims to limit the increase in global average temperatures to “well below two degrees C” and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C – will come into force in 2020, and has already been hailed as historic and ambitious by many world leaders. Though agriculture is not mentioned by name,…
ICRAF Policy Brief 14 presents experience from the Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate (SACC) project carried out in Western Kenya, a joint partnership of CARE, ICRAF and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It underscores the importance of social norms and intra-household decision making in influencing whether and how women are able to participate in, and benefit from, sustainable agriculture. The brief cautions practitioners from working with…
Considering the importance of genetic diversity to successful agricultural adaptation, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a working paper that outlines the experience of eight centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with reorganizing their activities to work on climate change adaptation. The report examines how the collection, use, and distribution of plant genetic resources by CGIAR centers are influenced by international and national policies. It concludes that climate change has not…
Unfavorable rice environments are defined as environments where rice production is frequently constrained by abiotic stresses such as drought, submergence, and adverse soil conditions. Most of these conditions are found where rice production is dependent on rain only (rainfed rice), but they also occur in irrigated or partially irrigated systems...  
For a long time, agriculture has been neglected by climate negotiators and policymakers in charge of defining national climate policies. This is changing, and the links between climate change and agriculture have become more obvious over the last years. Climate finance provides an opportunity to facilitate the adoption of agricultural practices that support climate mitigation and adaptation. This report presents a number of policies and interventions aimed at harnessing climate finance potential to support a transition to more sustainable agriculture for the benefit of several barriers impeding smallholder…
Smallholders have important roles to play in both the prevention of dangerous climate change by reducing net global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and our global ability to adapt to climate change. However, smallholders have largely failed to benefit from international financial mechanisms established as a result of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We propose that this is due to the design of these mechanisms, which in their current formats are largely inaccessible to smallholder groups. The purpose of this paper, which draws on literature and interviews,…
In order for REDD+ carbon emission mitigation targets to be reached, the primary driver of forest clearing globally, agriculture, must be fundamentally addressed by governments implementing REDD+ Programmes. This paper evaluates the extent to which countries participating in the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) readiness activities are actively linking REDD+ and agriculture policies, programmes, and institutional and governance arrangements. Based on 20 current country readiness proposals (R-PPs) submitted to the FCPF, the analysis reveals that overall, REDD+ strategies and actions generally fail to address agricultural…
The publication addresses recent advances in the use of climate information for managing risks and improving livelihoods. The publication starts with a chapter on "identifying problems and possible solutions" that features case studies on dealing with drought in Syria; assessing risk and vulnerability in Haiti; incorporating climate information into user-led processes in Kenya; collaborating for effective malaria control in southern Africa; and facilitating Pacific island adaptation. It then describes a variety of tools related to tailoring climate information to facilitate…
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