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Operational & Regulatory Strategies for Weather-based Index Insurance

"Smallholder farmers are constantly faced with weather risks, which define good and/or bad production years. With the majority of the labour force on the continent engaged in the agricultural sector, insurance has emerged as a critical gap in the va…

Helping Farmers to Better Manage Climate Related Risks to Post-harvest Handling in Malawi

Crop production is the main stay for more than 70 percent of Malawians. Unfortunately, because of high dependence on rainfall, many farming families barely meet their daily food and nutritional requirements. Climate related risks to crop production …

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Malagasy agriculture is dependent mainly on small-scale subsistence farmers cultivatin…

Analysis of Existing Institutional Arrangements and the Policy Environment for Managing Risk Related to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Climate Disaster areas, with Specific Reference to Smallholder Farming in South Africa

"This report covers crop production and post-harvest management policies that affect smallholder framers, with a special focus on climate change disasters. Relevant institutional arrangements are also reflected upon and the report concludes with rec…

Tracking Effective Indigenous Adaptation Strategies on Impacts of Climate Variability on Food Security and Health of Subsistence Farmers in Tanzania

"Both long and short term changes in climate, disproportionately affect regions in both the semi-arid and arid parts of the globe and the more humid tropics. As smallholder farmers have been staying in these areas and that the climate variability h…

Assessment of Constraints in Technology Transfer System and Policies which Limit the Realisation of High Green Leaf Production in the Smallholder Tea Sector of the Kenya Tea Industry: An Empirical Analysis of Economic Efficiency and Supply of Tea Part II

Tea productivity in the smallholder sub sector has been relatively lower than in the estates sub sector over the years and the yields are still well below potential. This study investigated the efficiency of adoption of tea production technologies a…

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 populati…

Comprehensive Scoping and Assessment Study of Climate Smart Agriculture Policies in Mozambique

The present Comprehensive Scoping and Assessment Study is aimed at evaluating how smallholder farmers are coping with climate changes and how the Government of Mozambique is strategising its policies in order to increase agricultural productivity …

Promoting Climate Resilient Agriculture and Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallscale Farmers in Niger Delta Communities: Example of Delta State

Farmers and fisher folks in the communities of Delta State are already feeling the effects of climate change. Exposure to floods and rainfall variability are only predicted to get worse as the impacts of climate change intensify. The consequences of…

National and International Actors in the Orchestration of Large-scale Land Deals in Zimbabwe: What's in it for Smallholder Farmers?

"Little research has been done on the possible benefits of large-scale land deals for local communities. This work builds on a recent study that seeks to outline the potential benefits of land deals in terms of infrastructural, human and social dev…

Can Smallholder Farmers Address Hunger in the Region? Public Dialogue Report

"Agriculture provides an indispensable part of the livelihoods of the poorest households in southern Africa. The sector is a primary source of income for the rural population and contributes to foreign exchange earnings for southern African economie…

Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change Awareness in Seke and Murewa Districts of Zimbabwe

"The paper examines the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contributing to climate change awareness in rural areas. It is based on a cross sectional study that was conducted in Seke and Murewa districts in Mashonaland East …

Incidence of Indigenous, Emerging and Innovative Climate Change Adaptation Practices for Smallholder Farmers' Livelihood Security in Chikhwawa District, Southern Malawi

Africa is subject to widespread poverty, recurrent droughts, hostile climate and over dependence on rain-fed agriculture. The majority of farming households in Africa struggle to sustain their livelihoods. Climate change and variability has created …

Enhancing Agricultural Yields by Small-holder Farmers through Integrated Climate Change Adaptation in Sierra Leone

Response to climate change impacts in Sierra Leone is too low, despite the emerging evidence in recent years. Climatic variables such as rainfall and temperature which have shown normal routine of occurrence now give a different picture. There has b…

Tracking Effective Indigenous Adaptation Strategies on Impacts of Climate Variability on Food Security and Health of Subsistence Farmers in Tanzania

"Both long and short term changes in climate disproportionately affect regions in both the semi-arid and arid parts of the globe and the more humid tropics. Within these areas, effects of climate change vary across regions, farming and food systems…

Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue

"The dialogue focused on the opportunities for smallholder farmers, who form the majority of the farmers in the region, that are being envisioned and created by the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) as it is being formulated, and the existing …

Smallholder Farming: a Panacea for Employment Creation and Enterprise Development in South Africa? Lessons from the Pro-Poor Value Chain Governance Project in Limpopo Province

"Recent government efforts point to the smallholder sub-sector as a potential source for employment creation and enterprise development. This paper presents an analysis of smallholder farmers’ market participation and the potential links to rural p…

Institutional Arrangements and Policy Environment for Managing Risks for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Madagascar

Agriculture forms the livelihood of the overwhelming majority of Malagasy. The main staple crop is rice, occupying about two-thirds of all the available cropland. Producing staples include rice, maize, and cassava. Madagascar’s yields remain low due…

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Disaster-Prone Areas of Zimbabwe

Agriculture in Zimbabwe is now predominantly driven by smallholder farmers. 90% of the farming land is in the hands of smallholder farmers practicing mixed crops and livestock production systems.The predominance of rain-fed crop production makes the…

Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling in Climate Disaster-Prone Areas of South Africa

South African agriculture has undergone substantial structural transformations especially after the establishment of the Union Government in 1910, the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913 and subsequent legislation meant to benefit white com…

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