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FEATURE: ‘Joto Afrika’ special issue – Climate-smart agriculture for food security in Africa


AgricultureCultivation of the ground and harvesting of crops and handling of livestock, the primary function is the provision of food and feed. in developing countries must change significantly to meet the related challenges of food securityFood security is a condition related to the ongoing availability of food. Concerns over food security have existed throughout history. There is evidence of granaries being in use over 10,000 years ago, with central authorities in civilizations including Ancient China and Ancient Egypt being ... and climate change. In Africa, there are numerous proven, low-cost, climate-smart agricultural innovations that smallholders can adopt. But the potential for these to play a significant role in increasing the climate resilience of food production systems has largely not yet been realised.

This CDKN special issue of ‘Joto Afrika’ features a range of climate-smart best practices Kenyan farmers and communities are adopting, and identifies some of the prerequisites for developing and diffusing these practices to improve food security.

‘Joto Afrika’ is produced by the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), a Kenya-based NGO that facilitates information and knowledge exchange on small-scale sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, natural resources management and other livelihoodSustainable livelihood includes job opportunities that are of a non-invasive type, and exclude extensive felling, heavy fishery, mono-cultures and other activities than permanently harm the environment; it also includes an lifestyle that takes care of any gives assets, such as fresh water or ... issues.

From water harvesting and alternative energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. sources, to drought-tolerant food crops and alternative fodder for livestock, these intitiatives demonstrate that responding to a changing climate is possible through localised and commmunity-managed intitiatives.

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