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Building pathways out of poverty through climate smart agriculture and effective targeting

Hellin, J. and Fisher, E. (2018) Building pathways out of poverty through climate smart agriculture and effective targeting. Development in Practice, 28 (7). pp. 974-979. ISSN 1364-9213

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A focus of agricultural development is climate smart agricultural technologies and practices (CSA). Development practitioners invest in scaling these to have wider impact. Ineffective targeting stymies CSA’s contribution to poverty reduction by excluding many of the poor and/or including those for whom agriculture is not a pathway out of poverty. We propose the need to recognise differentiated livelihood pathways within smallholder agriculture, linked to farmers’ differential capacity to engage in climate risk management. A farmer and livelihoods typology provides a framework to improved targeting of CSA and to identifying where alternative interventions, such as social protection, are more appropriate.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:76685
Uncontrolled Keywords:Agriculture, Environment (built and natural), Climate change Environment (built and natural), Food security < Environment (built and natural), Gender and diversity, Poverty reduction < Labour and livelihoods
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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