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Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Achieving food security in the face of climate change Achieving food security in the face of climate change

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Achieving food security in the face of climate change

Summary for policy makers from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Business as usual in our globally interconnected food system will not bring us food security and environmental sustainability. Several converging threats – from climate change, population growth and unsustainable use of resources – are steadily intensifying pressure on humanity and world governments to transform the way food is produced, distributed and consumed.

Commissioners:

Professor Sir John Beddington, Chair, United Kingdom. Dr Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Bangladesh. Dr Adrian Fernández, Mexico. Dr Megan Clark, Australia. Dr Marion Guillou, France. Professor Molly Jahn, United States. Professor Lin Erda, China. Professor Tekalign Mamo, Ethiopia. Dr Nguyen Van Bo, Viet Nam. Dr Carlos A Nobre, Brazil. Professor Robert Scholes, South Africa. Dr Rita Sharma, India. Professor Judi Wakhungu, Kenya.

Link to Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management P Link to Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management P

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Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Projects

Document linked to :http://climatechange.worldbank.org/climatechange/content/mainstreaming-adaptation-climate-change-agriculture-and-natural-resources-management-project

This site presents eight guidance notes (GN1 - GN8) that provide lessons learned, best practices, recommendations, and useful resources for integrating climate risk management and adaptation to climate change in development projects, with a focus on the agriculture and natural resource management sectors. They are organized around a typical project cycle, starting from project identification, followed by project preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Each note focuses on specific technical, institutional, economic, or social aspects of adaptation. The web platform allows the user to quickly navigate between the different guidance notes (left column), and access useful resources (right column), specifically designed for each guidance note.

website manual
World Bank
2010

World Livestock 2011 – Livestock in food security World Livestock 2011 – Livestock in food security

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Although much has been said about livestock’s role in achieving food security, in reality, the subject has been only partially addressed and no current document fully covers the topic. This report is an attempt to fill the gap. It expands the 2009 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) (FAO, 2009b) section which examined the multiple roles played by livestock in the food security of the poor and advocated for support of smallholders, both in responding to opportunities in livestock production and in finding other opportunities within a broad rural development strategy.

FAO. 2011. World Livestock 2011 – Livestock in food security. Rome, FAO.

Link to Guidebook: Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation - Agriculture Sector Link to Guidebook: Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation - Agriculture Sector

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Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation - Agriculture Sector

Document linked to :http://tech-action.org/Guidebooks/TNA_Guidebook_AdaptationAgriculture.pdf

This guidebook presents a selection of technologies for climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector. A set of 22 adaptation technologies are showcased. These are based primarily on the principles of agroecology, but also include scientific technologies of climate and biological sciences complemented by important sociological and institutional capacity building processes that are required for climate change to function.

The technologies cover:
• Planning for climate change and variability
• Sustainable water use and management
• Soil management
• Sustainable crop management
• Sustainable livestock management
• Sustainable farming systems
• Capacity building and stakeholder organisation.

Authors: Rebecca Clements, Jeremy Haggar, Alicia Quezada, Juan Torres
UNEP, August 2011

Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and

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Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture

Climate change has the potential to damage irreversibly the natural resource base on which agriculture depends, with grave consequences for food security. However, agriculture is the sector that has the potential to transcend from being a problem to becoming an essential part of the solution to climate change provided there is a more holistic vision of food security, agricultural mitigation, climate-change adaptation and agriculture’s pro-poor development contribution. What is required is a rapid and significant shift from conventional, industrial, monoculture-based and high-external-input dependent production towards mosaics of sustainable production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.

Author: Ulrich Hoffmann, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Date: February, 2011
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