Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 14:20
Agriculture in West Africa faces numerous challenges, including soil degradation, market instability, and significant threats from climate change. In response to these obstacles, many adaptation strategies, such as production of non-traditional crop varieties, have been encouraged. It remains less clear, however, what actually drives farmers’ decisions to adopt (or not adopt) these strategies. For example, a farmer may choose to plant a new crop variety in response to a short-term drought or as part of a longer term strategy to adapt to climate change.
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:45
FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning Systems (GIEWS) has released several new country briefs for Africa south of the Sahara. This series of briefs provides an overview of the food security situation in prioritized countries, focusing on the current agricultural season, harvest prospects for staple food crops and livestock, estimates and forecasts of cereal production, and food price and food policy trends.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/14/2016 - 17:07
Cautiously Optimistic Outlook for African Agriculture
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:19
Stunting, or low height-for-age, remains a significant development challenge throughout much of Africa south of the Sahara. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood stunting can have significant long-term effects, including decreased cognitive and physical development, increased vulnerability to disease, and reduced productive capacity into adulthood.
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 20:44
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 14:05
Discussions about the effects of climate change and climate change adaptation often center on changes in crop yields and subsequent changes in food security and incomes. In addition to these immediate impacts, however, climate change can have important secondary effects on a range of other development indicators.