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LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia said it expects a new outbreak of armyworms in the 2017/18 crop season, after the maize-munching pests ravaged southern Africa earlier this year.

Climate change is putting increasing stress on the livelihoods of people living in the world’s drylands. Smallholder irrigation has long been seen as a means of improving food security in areas with unpredictable rainfall, and is now being promoted as part of climate change adaptation strategies.

A severe drought has claimed the lives of at least nine people in Somalia's Galkayo District, media reported.

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Land degradation is to blame for food insecurity in Eastern Africa region, a Kenyan scientist said on Friday.

Little is known about the role that foreign aid can play in dampening the effects of climate change. This paper investigates the role of aid in mitigating the adverse effects of climatic shocks on food security in developing countries.

Soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration on agricultural land decreases the costs of climate change mitigation while promoting increased food security. SOC has the potential to sequester up to 3.5 GtCO2eq/yr by 2050 in a scenario consistent with 1.5 ºC warming.

Carbon price policies deliver cost-efficient mitigation across sectors, but can result in tradeoffs with food security and other sustainable development goals. Scenarios for a 1.5 °C world based on carbon prices could increase the undernourished population by 80 - 300 million in 2050.

This is the Ninth Bulletin on the status of implementation of the Action Plan to Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Africa.

Most of the people in low and middle-income countries covered by social protection receive assistance in the form of in-kind food.

This 200-page report by Biodiversity International provides solid evidence that investments in agrobiodiversity also play a critical yet overlooked role in tackling wider global targets such as reducing poverty and malnutrition, reversing environmental degradation and combatting climate change. It demonstrates that agrobiodiversity can be a more mainstream approach to sustainable development

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