Johannes Odé

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Climate-proofing Africa’s agriculture offers opportunities

If Africa succeeded in building climate resilience into its agricultural sector, poverty could be dealt a major blow, argues Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.   Africa can earn an extra US$ 20 billion annually from agriculture if it reforms handicapping trade policies and practices. Photo: AfricaGreenMedia.co.za   ‘The test of our progress is not whether… Read more »

V.Atakos (CCAFS)

Photo V.Atakos (CCAFS)

What is Africa’s agriculture potential?

The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all… Read more »

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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

G.Smith (CIAT)

Photo G.Smith (CIAT)

Eco-village: a holistic approach of climate smart agriculture

Adbari Majhi in her family farm inter-cropped and mixed-cropped of vegetables, pulses, millets with orchard spices, she is sun-drying harvested onions, Pic: Abhijit Mohanty     In southern Odisha State, India, the landscape and livelihoods of the indigenous family farmers are seriously threatened by industrial agriculture, bauxite mining, large dams, changing rainfall patterns and government… Read more »

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

Photo N.Palmer

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 »

World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Photo World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Why wrecking the planet is bad for business

By Fred Pearce As part of WLE’s partnership with The Economist Events’ Sustainability Summit this March in London, the Thrive blog is publishing a series of posts that discuss the role science plays in catalyzing shifts toward sustainability in the private sector and beyond. In this blog post, journalist Fred Pearce reflects on the discussions that took place during the… Read more »

Susan MacMillan (ILRI)

Photo Susan MacMillan (ILRI)

Unlocking the potential of Africa to scale livestock development, high-level conference

By JAMES STAPLETON (ILRI) The African continent stands at a crossroads. Stimulated by rapid population, urbanization and per capita income rises, African economies are growing at unprecedented rates. The ‘sustainable intensification’ of agricultural systems offers greater food security, incomes, trade, and smallholder competitiveness. Failure could leave African states vulnerable to climate shock, rising food prices, and trade… Read more »