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  1. Library Resource
    January, 2009
    South Africa

    This paper investigates the impact of climate variability on maize yield in the Limpopo Basin of South Africa using the Generalized Maximum Entropy (GME) estimator and Maximum Entropy Leuven Estimator (MELE). Maize constitutes about 70 percent of grain production and covers about 60 percent of the cropping area in South Africa. It is a summer crop, mostly grown in semiarid regions of the country, and is highly susceptible to changes in precipitation and temperature.

  2. Library Resource
    January, 2007
    Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sub-Saharan Africa

    Adaptation to climate change involves changes in agricultural management practices in response to changes in climate conditions. It often involves a combination of various individual responses at the farm-level and assumes that farmers have access to alternative practices and technologies available in the region.

  3. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2013
    Caribbean, Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Asia

    The 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report-the eighth in an annual series- presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made some progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to go. The 2013 GHI report focuses on resilience in theory and in practice. The relief and development communities have long struggled to understand why some people fare better than others when confronting stresses or shocks.

  4. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2013
    Caribbean, Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Asia

    Der Bericht zum Welthunger-Index 2013 – der achte in einer jährlich erscheinenden Serie – stellt die Entwicklung des weltweiten, regionalen und nationalen Hungers mittels eines mehrdimensionalen Indexwertes dar. Er zeigt, dass die Weltgemeinschaft bei der Bekämpfung des Hungers seit 1990 gewisse Fortschritte gemacht hat, dass aber noch viel zu tun ist.

  5. Library Resource
    Peer-reviewed publication
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2015
    Southern Africa, Central Asia, South America, Africa, Asia, Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, South America, Africa, Asia

    In addition to global developments and food policy changes, 2014 also saw important developments with potentially wide repercussions in individual countries and regions. This chapter offers perspectives on major food policy developments in various regions including Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

  6. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2018
    Southern Africa, Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, Asia, Africa, Bangladesh, Ghana, Zambia

    As climate change makes precipitation shocks more common, policymakers are becoming increasingly interested in protecting food systems and nutrition outcomes from the damaging effects of droughts and floods (Wheeler and von Braun, 2013). Increasing the resilience of nutrition and food security outcomes is especially critical throughout agrarian parts of the developing world, where human subsistence and well-being are directly affected by local rainfall.

  7. Library Resource
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    December, 2017
    Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Malawi

    Contract farming is emerging as an important governance structure in certain agricultural value chains. This study was done with the objectives of understanding the contractual relations between buyers and small-scale growers in the tobacco industry in Malawi and the impact of contract farming on smallholder incomes. Cross-sectional data was collected from 211 contract and 109 non-contract smallholder burley tobacco farmers who sold tobacco in the 2012/13 season. Two analyses were undertaken.

  8. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    December, 2013
    Mozambique, Africa, Southern Africa

    Agriculture plays a crucial role in food security and poverty reduction in Mozambique, contributing around 25 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, despite the considerable agro-ecological potential and the need for increased production, agricultural productivity remains low. The prevailing gap between domestic food production and demand, as well as lagging exports, continue to pose significant challenges.

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