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capture 23The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has recently published the issue Number 186 of Spore magazine, which focuses on Big data and climate insurance: Reducing risks and maximizing revenues. Spore Magazine aims to give the reader a global perspective on agribusiness and agricultural development. The topics covered in this issue include the role of ICTs in enhancing agricultural productivity, creating jobs and increasing incomes for young farmers, and the role of ICTs in climate-smart agriculture and early warning systems.

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Source: e-Agriculture

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charcoal2Executive Summary

Greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods.

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy and Lora Kryz Baje

There are few studies in the Philippines that analyze poverty dynamics and studies that analyze the effects of weather variability on food poverty dynamics are even fewer. Given that there are some sectors that are more adversely affected by the changing weather patterns, a study analyzing the effects of weather variability on poverty is essential. Using a simple spells approach to understand the food poverty dynamics in the Philippines, this paper finds that deviation of rainfall from its normal values and other key variables such as education, employment, assets, and armed conflict affect chronic food poverty. A discussion of some inputs to policies is provided.

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Source: Philippine Institute for Development Studies

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