Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID

Photo Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID

To fight desertification, let’s manage our land better

Every year, we lose 24 billion tons of fertile soil to erosion and 12 million hectares of land to desertification and drought.  This threatens the lives and livelihoods of 1.5 billion people now. In the future, desertification could displace up to 135 million people by 2045. Land degradation could also reduce global food production by up to… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now

The primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and thought system, embodied in industrial agriculture, that views life in disassociated parts, obscuring the destructive impact this approach has on humans, natural resources, and the environment. Industrial agriculture is characterized by waste, pollution, and inefficiency, and is a significant contributor to climate change…. Read more »

woman involved in poultry keeping

Photo V. Atakos (CCAFS)

Climate-Smart Agriculture 101

This site is your gateway to implementing CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE It will help you get started and guide you right through to implementation on the ground, connecting you with all the resources you need to dig deeper. Click here to access it

Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID

Photo Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNAMID

In the Poorest Countries, an Acute Climate Risk

  For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking… Read more »

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Climate change and ‘smart seeds’ in Africa

Smallholder farmers can overcome the negative effects of the climate change by using new varieties of seeds.   Subsistence farmer Joice Chimedza harvests maize on her small plot in Norton, a farming area outside Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, May 10, 2016. [Reuters]   Southern Africa is undergoing the worst drought in more than three decades. More… Read more »

ICRISAT

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Sowing the seeds of better adaptation

  Can an increase in the production of certified seed help Malian farmers adapt to climate variability and change? Members of district-level science-policy dialogue platforms think so.   “With the climate change conditions, rainfall patterns are more erratic. Usually I start with the land preparation in June, but these days the rains start later and… Read more »

N.Palmer

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Is it time to pay more attention to power and politics in climate change adaptation?

y CCAFS researchers map power and influence in Ghana’s agricultural adaptation policy space. They find that a technical ‘adaptation establishment’ dominates decision making, sometimes neglecting political groups, the private sector, and farmers.  y In climate change adaptation and development circles we often speak of ‘politics’ and ‘power’ as things that stand in the way of… Read more »

C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Farmers use soil and water management practices to respond to changing rainfall patterns

Investment in appropriate and affordable rainwater harvesting and soil conservation measures are crucial to address crop and livestock production constraints in drylands. y This blog post was written by John Recha, Philip Kimeli, Vivian Atakos (CCAFS East Africa) Y y yIn semi-arid eastern Kenya, farmers Peter and Ruth Nguli continue to witness an increasingly dry and… Read more »

BBC Africa Journalists visit to Nyando climate-smart villages

Photo V.Atakos (CCAFS)

Africa climate change and environmental reporting awards (ACCER) 2016

The third edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER 2016) has been launched. The competition aims to recognize and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society. Over a period of seven weeks, (8th March – 26th April 2016) citizen as well as professional journalists and other media practitioners… Read more »