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CTA’s regular update on its agricultural publications portfolio

December 2019 - No. 97

Photo: CTA/Charlie Pye-Smith

UN Climate Change Conference:
The way forward

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 is taking place in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019.The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Key climate actions will be taken forward in areas such as finance, innovations, capacity building, agriculture, forests, oceans and gender. CTA is convinced that the promise of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) will only be realised with innovative market-led delivery mechanisms. Support for innovations such as the use of stress-tolerant seeds, weather insurance and new climate finance models capitalises on existing market mechanisms and new ICT solutions. In parallel CTA continues to build an evidence base showing the benefits of adopting CSA at the farm level in ACP countries. Discover our recent publications on the topic!

Overcoming challenges to deliver agricultural weather-index insurance

This brief identifies and addresses key issues facing weather-index-based agricultural insurance. Drawing on diverse experiences from Africa and Central America, it zooms in on key challenges such as affordability, quality of weather data and models, raising awareness and trust in the benefits of insurance products and policy and regulatory frameworks. To have real impact, scale is the first requirement. Scaling strategies require reliable products, access to the rural areas, increased awareness about insurance and cost-effective delivery channels.

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Rebounding from the brink of extinction: Commercial production of milk amongst pastoralists for climate change resilience in Uganda

Changes in climate that intensify drought and accelerate the spread of livestock parasites and diseases darken the economic future for sub-Saharan pastoralists. Already stressed, as industrial and urban development narrow their access to pastures and water for their animals, many pastoralists face a bleak choice: abandon their livestock and their cultural heritage or die. In Uganda, however, the outlook for pastoralists is becoming much brighter. Thousands of pastoralists in Uganda point the way toward a better option: commercial milk production.

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Indigenous knowledge systems and climate change management in Africa

Climate change presents a profound challenge to food security and sustainable development in Africa. Its negative impacts are likely to be greatest in the African region, which is already food insecure. In the face of global climate change and its emerging challenges and unknowns, it is essential that decision makers base policies on the best available knowledge. In recent years, the knowledge of local and indigenous people, often referred to as indigenous knowledge (IK) has been increasingly recognised as an important source of climate knowledge and adaptation strategies.

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Putting the private sector at the centre of climate-smart agriculture

This brief draws on three cases to show how the private sector contributes to the conceptualisation, design, delivery and evaluation of climate-smart agricultural interventions and can help bring them to scale. Engaging the private sector in CSA interventions enhances the applicability – and thus the sustainability of interventions, increases uptake and delivers a triple win for donors, beneficiaries and the private sector. They emphasise that private-sector players will be more likely to engage in scaling-up of CSA when they can see a compelling business case to justify their investments.

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Promoting climate-smart farming in sub-Saharan Africa: Stories from the field

Climate-smart agricultural innovations and policies are helping farmers to increase their resilience in the face of more frequent and adverse weather variabilities. As this booklet shows, projects supported by CTA in Eastern and Southern Africa are assisting pastoralists and smallholder farmers adapt to climate change by adopting a number of important measures. Access to accurate, geo-referenced weather information and agronomic tips is leading to better decision-making.

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Latest releases

Weather insurance – a viable option in support of the development of Pacific local food crops and fisheries value chains

In the last two decades, Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have suffered billions of dollars in damage and loss due to catastrophic weather events (e.g. cyclones, floods, drought) and other natural disasters (e.g. volcanic eruptions). The predominantly small size and diverse nature of the production systems make agricultural insurance investments unattractive. Biological assets – crops and livestock – typically fall outside mainstream insurance coverage, particularly for small farmers.

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Experience capitalization: Working towards its institutionalization

The cases captured in this booklet show the steps taken in many of these projects and organisations to support and ensure the adoption of an experience capitalization approach. Working together with their colleagues, those who joined the CTA workshops have become active “champions”: organising their own training sessions, they shared information in different ways, and have shown how others can benefit from the capitalization process.

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Best seller

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018–2019

An inclusive, digitally-enabled agricultural transformation could help achieve meaningful livelihood improvements for Africa’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists. It could drive greater engagement in agriculture from women and youth and create employment opportunities along the value chain. At CTA we staked a claim on this power of digitalisation to more systematically transform agriculture early on.

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CTA highlights

"The case of MUIIS project is an epitome of digitalisation for agriculture in which access to digital solutions by smallholder farmers and other value chain actors has led to more efficient operations within the agricultural innovation system, resulting in equal access to finance by women, men, young and old; increased resilience; improved production and income."
Michael Hailu, Director

Digitalisation for agriculture: The case of MUISS Uganda

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