Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Food Security


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.


Food security and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Indigenous Adaptation Strategies: Small-scale Farming in Uganda
Ben Twinomugisha describes small-scale farmers' livelihoods and food security strategies in Uganda. Published July 2011

Putting Farmers First for Biofuel Production
Timothy Singer and Matthew Basinger present key findings and lessons from a survey of jatropha farmers in Koulikoro, Mali. Published April 2011

Climate Change and Pastoralism
Ced Hesse describes the challenges facing African pastoralists and key areas of policy intervention needed to help them cope with climate change. Published October 2007

2004 - International Year of Rice
"Rice is Life" is the theme of the International Year of Rice. Newswatch editor Sarah Granich reports. Published August 2004

Millions at Risk
The results of a recent assessment of global climate impacts are described by Martin Parry, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, and his collaborators. Published September 2002

The Rise and Fall of the Blue Revolution
Alfredo Quarto discusses the state of the global aquaculture industry and its environmental and economic impacts. Published June 1999

Global Food Production at Risk
Bo Döös discusses the processes of environmental degradation that could affect global food production. Published August 1994

Desertification and Climate Change
Mick Kelly and Mike Hulme address the complex and often uncertain links between climate change, prolonged aridification or desiccation, and desertification. Published August 1993

On the Web

Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen
Agriculture and Climate Change, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, suggests negotiating outcomes for both mitigation and adaptation funding that will support climate change goals while enhancing the well-being of people who manage and depend on agriculture, especially in the developing world. Published March 2009

Assessing Biofuels
Assessing Biofuels, from UNEP, recommends new planning and management approaches to balance the beneficial effects of the production of biofuels with their environmental and social consequences. Published 2010

Blog World Hunger
Blog World Hunger, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, discusses sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty.

Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries
Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, from FAO and SPREP, assesses the implications of climate change for food security in the Pacific region. Published December 2008

Climate Change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation
Climate Change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation , from the International Food Policy Research Institute, quantifies the impact of climate change on agriculture, assesses the consequences for food security and estimates the investments that would offset the negative consequences for human well-being, particularly for those most vulnerable. Published October 2009

Crop Prospects and Food Situation
In addition to a short global cereal supply and demand brief, this bi-monthly report provide regionals cereal balances and overviews of the food security situation, including a list of countries in crisis requiring external assistance.

e-agriculture.org is a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies in the sector. In Global Examples, the site shares stories of projects, activities or practices that illustrate e-agriculture activities.

Economywide Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Economywide Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, presents two possible adaptation options to climate change for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fish for All
"Fish for All" is a global initiative aimed at bringing together policy makers, scientists, stakeholders and non-governmental organizations to create dialogue, policy analysis and studies for solutions to the future of aquatic life and food security and nutrition for those who use and depend on fish.

Food Force
Play the computer game, Food Force, and learn about drought, conflict and the politics of food aid.

Food Security, Farming and Climate Change to 2050
Food Security, Farming and Climate Change to 2050, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, assesses how serious the danger to food security might be and suggests some steps policymakers can take to remedy the situation. Published December 2010

Global Crop Diversity Trust
The Trust is a public-private partnership raising funds to establish an endowment fund that will provide complete and continuous funding for key crop collections in eternity. the website contains background information about crop diversity, including slideshows.

Global Hunger Index
The World Hunger Index, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, shows that worldwide progress in reducing hunger remains slow. The 2009 global Global Hunger Index has fallen by only one quarter from the 1990 value. Published October 2009

IFPRI Publications
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), whose mandate is to seek sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty, regularly publishes policy briefs on agricultural issues related to climate change.

Impacts of Climate Change on World Food Supply
The results of a study of climate impacts on crop yields are available at this site and can be viewed through an interactive query interface.

Livestock's Long Shadow
Livestock's Long Shadow, from the Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative, aims to assess the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. Published November 2006

Modern and Mobile
Modern and Mobile, from the International Institute for Environment and Development and SOS Sahel UK, is about the critical role mobile livestock keeping plays in the economic prosperity of Africa's drylands, including its potential in assisting adaptation to climate change. Published October 2009

The State of Food Insecurity in the World
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, focuses on people living in a group of countries in which the incidence of hunger is particularly high and persistent, and which face particular challenges in meeting the Millennium Development Goals targets namely countries in protracted crisis. Published October 2010

The World Food Situation: New Driving Forces and Required Actions
The World Food Situation, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, provides an assessment of global food supplies and prices. It concludes that business as usual could mean increased misery, especially for the world's poorest populations. A mix of policy actions that avoids damage and fosters positive responses is required. Published December 2007

Towards Food Sovereignty
Towards Food Sovereignty, from the International Institute for Environment and Development, is an online book with full colour photo illustrations and linked video and audio files. It describes the ecological basis of food and agriculture, the social and environmental costs of modern food systems and the policy reversals needed to democratize food systems. Published May 2008

UNEP Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
The Bioenergy Issue Paper Series, from UNEP, covers various topics related to bioenergy, including land-use change, water, invasive species and stakeholder involvement. Published, 2010 onwards

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

More Bright Ideas...

Updated: May 15th 2015