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The Complexities of Climate Change Adaptation in South African Agriculture

"Agriculture is a complex and politically contentious industry in South Africa, given its connection to food security, water, health and land reform, and the historic resource imbalances between black and white farmers. As a large country with many …

Regional Implications of the AGF Recommendations: Africa

The key messages reflected in this document are as follows: The Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF) report presents many opportunities for climate compatible development in Africa – development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts…

Climate Change and Pastoralism: Traditional Coping Mechanisms and Conflict in the Horn of Africa

"This book is not only attempting to understand and document the problem, and analyze the interventions but also to understand the traditional coping mechanisms of pastoral communities and evaluate whether external interventions streamline those m…

Overcoming the barriers to Climate Change Adaptation

As adaptation moves from theory to practice, there is growing recognition that barriers may make it difficult for individuals, businesses and governments to plan and implement adaptation actions. These involve a variety of issues, especially for lon…

Study Report on Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Related Projects in Somalia

Climate change poses serious development challenge in Puntland and Somalia in general that needs to be addressed urgently. Somalia and Puntland development plans and policy documents recognize this challenge and observe that if climate change is n…

The Case for Evergreen Agriculture in Africa: Enhancing Food Security with Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Zambia

"Since the mid-1990s, Zambia’s Conservation Farming Unit (CFU) and the World Agro-forestry Centre have been pioneering “evergreen agriculture” solutions to address these perennial problems. Evergreen agriculture is defined as the integration of part…

How to Scale out Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change

"Development decision-makers increasingly recognise community-based adaptation (CBA) as a viable way to build communities’ resilience to climate change, particularly those most vulnerable to its impacts. CBA puts them in the driving seat when it com…

Southern Africa's Dryland Forests and Climate Change Adaptation

This policy brief looks at the impact climate change will have on dryland forests that are already degraded from competing land uses and from over use. To pre-empt these impacts proactive adaptation policies needs to be implemented. However this req…

Diversification of Livelihood as Adaptation to Climate Change by Local Communities

This policy brief looks at two case studies to highlight climate change issues. These case studies address the challenges of climate change through livelihood diversification. Communities in the past have adapted to climate change through observatio…

Building the Capacity of Grassroots Networks to Enhance their Understanding of Climate Change Policy Processes: Lessons from Capacity Strengthening in the Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change

The objectives of this study are twofold. On the one hand it is attempting to demonstrate the importance of capacity building in Civil Society Organisations with regard to understanding climate change policy processes. CSO's can reach a large number…

Financing a Transition to Climate Resilient Green Economies

"This briefing takes the climate finance landscape framework developed by the Climate Policy Initiative and outlines how public policymakers in several countries are using it to support CRGE investments. We draw on evidence and analysis emerging fro…

Energy and Adaptation: Exploring how Energy Access can Enable Climate Change Adaptation

It is widely recognized that it is the poorest people who will be hit first and hardest by the impacts of climate change. Climate variability and change, as well as an increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events, will have substantial impac…

Conflict-sensitive Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

Whether natural, or caused by humans, it is becoming clear that climate change is a reality that will affect the entire globe. Our concern should be for the poorest Africans, many of whom are highly dependent on natural resources for their living. I…

Understanding the Policy Landscape for Climate Change Adaptation A Cross-Country Comparison Using the Net-Map Method

It is now widely accepted that climate change is one of the largest challenges facing agriculture in the 21st century. Among those who are most affected are poor agricultural households in the developing world, even though they have contributed leas…

Evidence to Support Climate Change Adaptation in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland

"In southern Africa, the predicted 2°C rise in temperature will destabilize farming systems. Coping mechanisms, livelihood strategies and the cost of adaptation options for smallholder farmers are not sufficiently understood in the region because th…

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will meet in Paris to conclude the 2015 Global Climate Agreement (GCA). In a departure from previous attempts, such as the Kyoto Protocol, where climate targets were ‘prescribed’, countries will be submitting their self-determined climat…

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions as a Means to Strengthening Africa's Engagement in International Climate Negotiations

"Countries will be meeting in Paris, France in December 2015 to agree on a new global climate ‘protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force’ to go into effect in the year 20201. This will be a culmination of negotiations …

Assessment on the Adaptive Capacity of the Machobane Farming System to Climate Change in Lesotho

"Lesotho is a landlocked country within South Africa with a population of less than 2 million and is highly vulnerable to climatic changes. Agriculture remains a major source of income for more than 80% of rural population in Lesotho. Despite its co…

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and the Gambia

The main goal of the study was to identify and document indigenous innovations and good practices by climate change vulnerable communities for improved food security in Ghana and The Gambia; to provide information on agricultural practices and activ…

Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

"Climate change is a major issue around which global development policy is being framed over the past few years. Because of low adaptive capacities and the projected impacts of climate change, a consensus has emerged that developing countries are m…

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