Thirty years ago, a million people in Ethiopia died in one of the worst famines in modern history – a disaster caused by conflict and drought.
Today, conflict and drought are again contributing to a crisis that has put 20 million people in four countries on the brink of famine. This time, Ethiopia is not among them.
Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can help make the food system more sustainable in a changing climate. But does it come at a cost to women, in terms of a heavier workload?
Climate-smart agriculture’s three pillars: improved agricultural productivity, increased adaptation to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gases are goals well worthy of targeting. On the one hand, CSA practices such as water harvesting or planting trees that provide more accessible fuel, fodder and food can save women’s time. On the other hand, some practices such as increased weeding or mulch spreading can require women to spend more time in the field.
As part of the strategic partnership ‘Food for All’ between the World Bank Group and the Netherlands, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, IFC, and IUCN organized an event on GAFSP and the impact of Climate Smart Agriculture on October 28, 2016. Climate change affects companies in the agro-food and beverage sectors all around the world. They face increasing risks: from reduced productivity, new laws and policies, to reputation risks or volatile market prices. Effectively managing risks and opportunities of climate change is vital to secure long-term viability of companies and value chains. Integrating climate smart agricultural techniques and projects in business operations can help firms to become more climate-resilient and in the meantime reduce pressure on forests and other ecosystems and the services they provide. Especially in developing countries, climate change implies challenges to food security and sustainable food production and trade.
- The Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project supports smallholder farmers through new technologies, improved market access and climate-smart agriculture approaches.
- More than 75% of Kenyans make a living in agriculture.
- Poultry is recognized for being among the “greenest” meats, using up less resources and emitting less greenhouse gases than larger livestock.
President Kim Says Funds Will Further Increase Resilience to Climate Change
DHAKA, October 18, 2016—World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, concluding a two-day trip to Bangladesh focused on the country’s successes in reducing extreme poverty, pledged $2 billion over the next three years in new funding to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change.
Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on July 13, 2016.
Soon the world will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic climate agreement signed in Paris in December 2015. The agreement will be implemented through country-led greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments known as their intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which to date have been submitted by 189 countries covering 95 percent of global GHG emissions.
Apart from signaling concrete commitments, these reduction targets also offer a clear signpost of the investment direction countries need to follow as the global economy steers towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient pathway. Estimates point to between $57 trillion and $93 trillion in new low-carbon, climate resilient infrastructure investment by 2030. How developing countries evaluate and respond to their infrastructure needs will greatly determine their ability to meet GHG reduction commitments.
Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on August 11, 2016.
Here’s something you may not be aware of:It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two unrelenting challenges now facing the globe –how to turn the promises of last December’s historic Paris climate change agreement into reality and how to feed a growing global population.
Already, and And we have to achieve that while delivering on the Paris agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The World Bank Board of Directors will discuss the Poverty Alleviation and Agriculture-based Industry Pilot and Demonstration in Poor Areas Project on June 23rd on an Absence of Objection Basis. This project has a total value of $295 million, of which $150 million is provided by the World Bank.
The proposed Project Development Objective (PDO) is to develop and demonstrate rural value chains that promote equitable organizational arrangements, participation, and the suitable increase of income of target households in the project provinces of Gansu, Sichuan and Guizhou. This objective is to be achieved through the following 4 components:
- Integrated Value Chain Development ($195.7 million)
- Public Infrastructure and Services ($66.9 million)
- Research, Training and Extension ($0.7 million)
- Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation ($10 million) Continue reading