Climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in the Lake Chad Basin

Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin. Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr.
The Lake Chad Basin (LCB) is among the world’s biggest, located in the Sahel region of Africa (Abubakar, n.d.). It also has one of the largest sedimentary closed groundwater basins in the whole of the African continent. With its vast pasture of cultivable land and wealthy fish stocks, it is an essential area both economically and environmentally to the riparian states of Chad, Cameroon, Libya, Nigeria and Niger (GIZ, 2015b). Photo: UN Security Council United Kingdom Field Mission to the Lake Chad Basin . Photo credit: Lorey Campese, 2014, Flickr. Approximately 38 million people from diverse ethnic cultures presently live in the LCB (GIZ, 2015b). The majority of these people are from poor rural households and survive on subsistence farming (GIZ, 2015b). Recent occurrences, due to...Read more

Throughout their lives, rural women face multiple risks to their livelihoods and overall wellbeing, yet their access to affordable insurance schemes remains inadequate. This webinar, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the 

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Agricultural social protection programmes for food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa

The Mount Kenya region where the Two Degrees Up project looks at the impact of climate change on agriculture. Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT), 2010.
Photo credit: The Mount Kenya region where the Two Degrees Up project looks at the impact of climate change on agriculture, Neil Palmer (CIAT), 2010. Food and nutrition is a basic human right and a driving force behind a multitude of charities and organisations. Despite large contributions of foreign-aid to ensure food security, these efforts are often compromised by conflict, which prevents food crossing borders into conflict affected regions. Agricultural-based social protection programmes consequently hold great potential in bolstering food production within poverty stricken and conflict affected countries. Sub-Saharan Africa provides insight into this potential, being part of a region that relies economically on agricultural production while being confronted by a variety of shocks and...Read more

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund aims to promote the economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. It will do so through strengthening partner country science and innovation capacity and unlocking further funding to support this work. It is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA). 

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Social protection has been recognized as a critical strategy for poverty reduction and inclusive growth. Evidence coming from country-level impact evaluations shows that social protection, when integrated in broader rural development strategies, can generate a broad range of impacts: boosting economic growth; enhancing the productivity of families; achieving food security and nutrition, and building the resilience of poor rural families through removal of financial and social barriers.

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Social protection policies typically involve multiple sectors, ranging from food security to health care. Despite this, limited research is directed toward understanding how different social protection programs complement each other. In this study, we explore complementarities between three major national social protection programs in rural Ethiopia: the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), the Health Fee Waiver (HFW) system, and the Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) in the Ethiopian highlands (Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions).

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A recent strand of aid programming aims to develop household assets by removing the stresses associated with meeting basic nutritional needs. In this paper, we posit that such programmes can also boost nutrition in recipient households by encouraging further investment in diet. To test this hypothesis, we study the World Food Programme’s “Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO)” in Niger, a conflict-affected, low income country with a high share of malnourishment.

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Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope. Few would have predicted when we started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.

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The public purchasing of food from family farming has the potential to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to locally produced food, income generation, strategic stockpiling and food assistance, by providing food to schools, restaurants, hospitals and other public institutions. This strategy combines food assistance with measures to support production, and focuses on strengthening the social and institutional conditions in the country.

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Mali: Country Profile

Mali faces an extremely complex humanitarian emergency. A succession of food crises in the last decade significantly weakened the livelihoods of the poorest families. A conflict involving government forces, separatist groups and radical Islamist militias...