Climate smart agriculture? Governing the sustainable development goals in Sub-Saharan Africa

Newell, Peter, Taylor, Olivia, Naess, Lars Otto, Thompson, John, Mahmoud, Hussein, Ndaki, Patrick, Rurangwa, Raphael and Teshome, Amdissa (2019) Climate smart agriculture? Governing the sustainable development goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 3 (56). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2571-581X

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This paper examines the political economic and governance challenges faced by African governments in operationalizing Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) as part of their pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a need to enrich our understanding of the diverse contexts and ways in which governments will have to navigate and address the inevitable choices and conflicts, synergies and trade-offs that will characterize efforts to simultaneously implement these global goals. Here we seek to develop an account of why and how countries are managing the interrelationship between SDGs, particularly those associated with food security and climate action. We develop explanations for the diversity in approaches and provide an initial assessment of what the consequences are for policy and practice. The analysis is informed by the contrasting experiences of four Eastern African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda, as they seek to build more “climate resilient” food and agricultural systems that are compatible with achieving the SDGs.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
School of Global Studies > International Relations
Institute of Development Studies
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
Depositing User: Peter Newell
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 09:33
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 14:00

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