Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change
Agriculture is a key economic pillar of international development, contributing significantly to country GDP, economic growth and providing livelihoods and support to millions of families through enhanced food security, nutrition and income. Agricultural productivity is however largely affected by the complex interface between the environment and people’s activities.
The role of nature in maintaining a balanced ecosystem in which biodiversity is most productive is critical for ensuring survival of the current and future generations- a factor that has long been acknowledged by most African traditional cultures and passed down through folklore such as stories and proverbs. However industrialization, modernization and the limitless appetite for materialism in modern society has led to dangerous and exploitative actions mainly by powerful individuals and entities which threaten to disrupt the delicate ecosystem balance and pose a risk to human, plant and animal life. A net result of these unguarded actions on the natural environment and ecosystem is extreme climate variability evidenced through centuries of record keeping of land and sea surface air temperature, pressure, precipitation frequency and levels temperature, pressure, rainfall, hail, aridity, wind, tornados and cyclones . The resultant climate change effects being realized today are in a large part due to human activity as well as natural causes. The net effect of environmental damage is climate change with tragic consequences including depletion air and water quality, increased incidence of communicable and lifestyle diseases, increased inter-tribal conflicts, increased poverty, and natural disasters such as droughts and flooding.
Measure Africa’s extensive experience in the Agriculture, Environment and Climate sectors are focused on providing evidence based monitoring and evaluation activities to support government development and implementing partner projects in Africa and the rest of the developing world. Using mixed methods approaches, MA seeks to help partners understand their contributions to various efforts in these sectors as well as any potential or realized impacts so far. MA has conducted farmer household surveys focusing on rural household agricultural and horticultural productivity, rural household nutrition and dietary diversity; cross border trade monitoring frameworks; evaluation policy development for regional trading blocks; research on climate information users and providers; poverty-environment nexus studies (multi-country) and cost effectiveness monitoring of development partner inputs in various subsectors including dairy development , horticulture, micro-enterprise development. Our clients include: UNDP, UNEP, Countries where we have worked in this area include Kenya, Angola, Morocco, Mali, Rwanda and Tanzania.