Chris Henderson Agriculture

Chris Henderson is our Senior Policy and Practice Advisor in Agriculture. He provides technical advice and support on agriculture development policy for national and regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as for the organisation in UK.

As an agricultural researcher, development worker and programme manager he has spent over 25 years in developing countries where he has worked for NGOs, donors and National Governments. He has been an agricultural researcher in Ghana and the Solomon Islands and supported National agriculture and rural development policy and planning in Ghana, Namibia and the Philippines. He has led country sector programmes for donors in Namibia, Jamaica and Nigeria.

Chris is currently applying his experience to making agriculture work for small-holder farmers in a changing climate. This builds on the fact that smallholder farmers, especially women and marginalised groups, are an important part of the solution to national food security and poverty reduction.

 
 
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  • Community based adaptation practitioners lead the way
    Blog co-authored with Colin McQuistan The Community Based Adaptation (CBA) conferences provide a unique practitioners’ forum that is driving forward the ‘adaptation’ agenda of the UNFCCC. It is one of the few global gatherings on climate change not overwhelmed by political lobbyists or climate scientists. It is also unique in having strong connections with developing country governments and effective linkages with the global climate change policy processes. Adaptation is not being delivered in practice Whilst the urgent need for ‘adaptation’ is well […]
  • Agriculture – a global win-win but, sadly, a ‘no-win’ at COP22
    Agriculture: everywhere, yet nowhere As an agriculturalist following the climate change negotiations (the ‘Conference of Parties’ or annual COPs) I used to think that agriculture was the most ‘not talked about’ topic. It was implicit everywhere, but nowhere in the text. Until, with great relief, food security was highlighted in the Paris Agreement. Recognizing the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change However, […]
  • From adaptation to mitigation at COP21
    Week 1 – agriculture and adaptation COP21 got off to a rousing start, with some inspirational speeches by heads of state and world leaders. The objective was to inspire and guide the negotiators, however, the promises made appear to have been quickly dampened by national interests resulting in slower than expected progress, and even weakened options. Nairobi Work Programme The first week was dominated by matters concerning agriculture, forests, pastoralism and risk and adaptation. The Nairobi Work Programme on Adaptation […]
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