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Climate-smart Agriculture in Kenya

The effects of climate change on agriculture are severe, and one of the most significant emerging challenges to household livelihoods in Africa. As such, it is imperative that efforts to address agriculture in the context of food security and rur...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Botswana

Botswana’s agriculture sector consists of crops and livestock production, and traditional farming remains the dominant farming system. The principal crops grown are sorghum, maize and millet. Cattle rearing is the main agricultural activity in Bo...

Climate-smart Agriculture in South Africa

The effects of climate change on agriculture are severe, and one of the most significant emerging challenges to household livelihoods in Africa. As such, it is imperative that efforts to address agriculture in the context of food security and rur...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Madagascar

The vulnerability of African countries, including Madagascar, to climate change is compounded by strong dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources; high levels of poverty; low levels of human capital; low levels of preparedness for c...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Zimbabwe

Maize is the staple food crop in Zimbabwe, with millet, wheat, and barley also grown for the local market. Groundnuts/ peanuts and soya beans are also commonly grown. Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s most valuable crop. Cattle are the main livestock animal a...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Mozambique

The effects of climate change on agriculture are severe, and one of the most significant emerging challenges to household livelihoods in Africa. As such, it is imperative that efforts to address agriculture in the context of food security and rura...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Namibia

Cattle play a vital role in the agricultural economy of Namibia. As one of the driest countries on the planet, crop production is second to livestock in importance due to the presence of perennial grass species which are resistant to moisture stre...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Zambia

The agricultural sector has a dual structure, wherein large commercial farms co-exist with scattered smallholder agricultural households. The Zambian agriculture sector comprises crops, livestock and fisheries. The country's staple crop and most ...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Swaziland

Agriculture in Swaziland is dualistic – divided into commercial estates and subsistence farms, known as Swazi Nation Land (SNL). The commercial sector occupies about 40% of the cultivated land, and generates 80% of the national agricultural commod...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Uganda

Uganda’s agricultural sector covers a wide range of activities including the production of traditional cash crops (coffee, sugar cane, cotton and tea) and food crops (banana, cassava, maize, sorghum, finger-millet, potatoes and beans) and keeping ...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Lesotho

Smallholder farmers whose farms are generally less than 1 ha in size dominate the agricultural production in Lesotho. Agriculture in Lesotho is predominantly traditional, characterised by rain-fed cereal production and extensive animal grazing, wi...

Climate-smart Agriculture in Mauritius

Agriculture in Mauritius occupies about 40% of the land area and includes about 22,000 small-scale individual sugarcane planters, and about 12,000 small growers of food crops, tea, tobacco, palm, fruit and flowers. Agriculture in Mauritius is domi...

Upscaling Climate-Smart Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate change is threatening food systems and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Smallholder farmers are struggling to adapt to extreme weather events associated with climate variability and need substantial support to feed rapidly growing popula...

Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Malawi

Agriculture is essential to the Malawian economy and is a key livelihood activity – but it is vulnerable to climate change. Gender inequality results from different gender roles – what we deem appropriate behaviour for men and women in society. ...

Policies and Practices for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities Across 15 Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The region is marked by strong dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources, limited infrastructure in rural areas, and high levels of poverty. The region is projected t...

The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa

Climate change will play an increasingly important role in Africa, as elsewhere, during the course of the 21st century. Rising temperatures and increased frequency of extremely dry and wet years are expected to slow progress toward increased produ...

Gender-Sensitive, Climate-Smart Agriculture for Improved Nutrition in Africa South of the Sahara

The effects of climate change are already being felt across the globe, particularly among smallholder producers in developing countries, whose livelihoods are strongly affected by climate conditions. Climate change will continue to threaten food ...

Engaging Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has a unique population profile, with 44% of its population under the age of 15 in 2006, making it the youngest region of the world. Agriculture employs 65% of Africa’s labour force and accounts for 32% of gross domestic p...

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