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52 Profiles on Agroecology: Climate resilient sustainable agriculture for adaptation to climate change in The Gambia










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    Good practices for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for rain-fed and upland agro-ecological zones, Philippines
    Final report
    2012
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    The vulnerability of the Bicol Region to meteorological hazards such as typhoons, floods, drought, high magnitude rainfall and related hazards, such landslides is underscored. The agriculture sector, particularly the rain fed and upland agro-ecological zones, which are largely dependent on climatic conditions, are one of the most affected areas. The many resource-poor farmers in this region are highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and the effect it has on food security and their livelihoods. This necessitates putting in place adaptation strategies to reduce their vulnerability and enhance their adaptive capacities. This is the final good practice options report of the TCP/PHI/3203 ?Strengthening the capacities for climate risk management and disaster preparedness in selected provinces of the Philippines (Bicol Region) by Bicol University, which provides an overview on the selection, testing and validation process of the location-specific good practice options (GPO ) as well as the documentation of the validated good practices.
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    Climate resilience assessment of smallholder farmers in the Gambia
    Adapting small-scale irrigation to climate change in West and Central Africa (AICCA)
    2019
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    This assessment of family farmers' resilience to climate change was conducted in the framework of the project "Adapting small-scale irrigation to climate change in West and Central Africa - AICCA". Two hundred and seventy-one households were surveyed across three regions in the Gambia, to measure their level of resilience to climate change by type of irrigation system. The assessment was carried out using the SHARP - Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists - tool, developed by FAO. This assessment allows a better understanding of the main socio-economic and environmental conditions of rural households in the Gambia, as well as the identification of the current practices adopted to adapt to climate change. This assessment also establishes the baseline of the current resilience of smallholders to develop guidelines for designing possible climate change adaptation interventions and strategies for small irrigation systems in the Gambia.
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    The 10 elements of agroecology
    Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems
    2018
    Today’s food and agricultural systems have succeeded in supplying large volumes of food to global markets. However, high-external input, resource-intensive agricultural systems have caused massive deforestation, water scarcities, biodiversity loss, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite significant progress in recent times, hunger and extreme poverty persist as critical global challenges. Even where poverty has been reduced, pervasive inequalities remain, hindering poverty eradication. Integral to FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, agroecology is a key part of the global response to this climate of instability, offering a unique approach to meeting significant increases in our food needs of the future while ensuring no one is left behind. Agroecology is an integrated approach that simultaneously applies ecological and social concepts and principles to the design and management of food and agricultural systems. It seeks to optimize the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system. Agroecology is not a new invention. It can be identified in scientific literature since the 1920s, and has found expression in family farmers’ practices, in grassroots social movements for sustainability and the public policies of various countries around the world. More recently, agroecology has entered the discourse of international and UN institutions.

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