Food Security


Global demand for food will increase by 50 percent and yields may decline by up to 30 percent by 2050 in the absence of ambitious climate action. As a result, it will reduce both food availability and the incomes and food production of smallholder farmers who are often the most exposed to climate impacts and have the least access to resources to build climate resilience.

  • Private sector value chain development
  • Climate-friendly policies, institutions and regulatory frameworks
  • Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS)

Contact Info

For more information on this program, or to get involved, please contact:

Bruce Campbell

Senior Advisor, Food Security & Rural Well-being
bruce.campbell@gca.org

Goals for 2025

Private sector value chain development

Goal for 2025

Scale up private sector-led initiatives on climate-resilient value chains in 10 African countries to improve nutritional status and build resilience to climate change through sustainable food system investments and value chains, leveraging the opportunities of public-private partnerships

Key partners:

Description

The GCA is working with Royal DSM and Africa Improved Foods (AIF) to revitalize agricultural markets in 10 countries by adapting and supporting climate-resilient value chains, supporting 2M+ smallholder farmers and improving nutrition for +100M consumers and making.

Achievements so far

  • Continental analysis to identify 10 countries for a market-based approach
  • Investment analysis to scale in two countries (Kenya and Ethiopia) the successful AIF pilot in Rwanda

Climate-friendly policies, institutions and regulatory frameworks

Goal for 2025

Support the formulation of targeted policies and the establishment of regulatory frameworks that are needed to develop secondary and tertiary industries in rural areas. These also need to incentivize investments in training and re-skilling of the workforce so that producers can engage in new activities such as Agro-processing and distribution and provision of farm inputs.

Description

This line of work is being implemented in 2021

Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS)

Goal for 2025

Scale-up access to digital climate advisory services (DCAS), and associated data-driven agricultural and financial services, for at least 30 million farmers in Africa.

Key partners:

Description

The GCA supports the spread of DCAS for small-scale food producers to help them make adaptation-related decisions in the face of a changing climate. This includes access to information on weather and seasonal forecasts, pest and disease early warning, digital soil maps, and information on adaptive production practices amongst others.

Achievements so far

  • Drafting, together with partners, an Investment Blueprint for Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS). This will be a summary of best practices, lessons learnt and key principles for greatly scaling up DCAS. GCA will also use this as the basis for future prioritization of activities.
  • Designing a national level initiative – proof of concept – to support Ethiopia’s Efforts to Integrate Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS) into the National Extension System

Technical and Whitepapers

Achieving Climate Change Adaptation through Integrated Landscape Management

Addressing the inextricable links between agriculture, forests, water, biodiversity and energy, as well as how these are influenced by other social, economic and political challenges will be required.

23 September 2019

Seth Shames and Sara J. Scherr

The Contributions of Agroecological Approaches to Realizing Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Agroecological approaches involve the application of integrated ecological, economic and social principles to the transition of smallholder farming systems, towards greater resilience.

23 August 2019

Fergus Sinclair, Alexander Wezel, Cheikh Mbow, Susan Chomba, Valentina Robiglio, and Rhett Harrison

Rural Livelihoods, Food Security and Rural Transformation under Climate Change

Despite decades of attention to agricultural development, food security and rural poverty, poverty and food insecurity remain, especially amongst rural dwellers in Asia, Africa and Central America.

23 August 2019

PK Thornton, AM Loboguerrero, et. al.

Contact info

For more information on this program, or to get involved, please contact:

Bruce Campbell

Senior Advisor, Food Security & Rural Well-being
bruce.campbell@gca.org

Claude Migisha Kalisa

Senior Program Officer
claude.migisha@gca.org

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