Online, 18 Aug 2016. The frequency and severity of different climate-related disasters have risen over the last couple of decades, while increasing the damage to the agricultural sector. Especially affected are the developing countries, where agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of the population. FAO has released two reports that analyse the connection between climate change and agriculture. The first focuses on the climate change caused weather disasters, as one of the main causes of food insecurity. It analyses the damages and the economic impact of disasters over the last 10 years. The other report analyses the role of agriculture countries see the sector playing in their climate action strategies for the next decades, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Puebla, Mexico, 17 Aug 2016. The International Conference on Territorial Inequality and Development took place back in January 2016 in Puebla, Mexico. Today in preparation for the Rural Transformation Roundtable organised by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, we look back at the outcomes and key findings of the conference, drawing from them, informing the ongoing discussion within the Platform about the transformational processes in rural areas and rural-urban inequalities.

Online, 12 Aug 2016. In May representatives from the African Union held the second session of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF). Topics discussed included the rules of procedure for the CFTA negotiating institutions, the guiding principles and the modalities for the CFTA negotiations, the work plan for the CFTA-NF, as well as the terms of reference for the technical working groups. The meeting followed up on the three meetings held in November 2015 on enhancing intra-African trade. Participants back then examined the progress and prospects for regional integration in the context of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), the issues of modalities of the agreement, but also the monitoring of the implementation of the AU Action Plan for Boosting Intra African Trade (BIAT). The Action Plan sets the basis for the CFTA and it aims to increase market integration and volume of trade amongst African countries.

Brazil, 9 Aug 2016. This new publication from A4NH/IFPRI is a collection of stories of change. It begins by recognising that nutrition is currently receiving unprecedented attention, but recognises that people need guidance on how to design, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programs if the new attention is going to be translated into successful outcomes, rather than a passing fad.

Rome, 2 Aug 2016. Many smallholder farmers in developing countries are facing food insecurity, poverty and need to deal with climate change impacts and scarce natural resources. In order to face the climate change challenges, increase the food production and better their livelihoods, they would need to introduce climate-resilient agricultural practices. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that aims to achieve global food security and chart a sustainable pathway for agricultural development in changing climate. CSA seeks to increase farm productivity in a sustainable manner, but also adapt the political and institutional framework in which farmers learn and adapt the tested practices.

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