Johannes Odé

Photo Johannes Odé

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 »

Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Photo Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.

7 facts on climate change & food production for sustainable development     On the frontline of climate change, effects are real and measurable. As climate change evolves, food and agriculture need to follow suit. Rising temperatures, changes in rainfall, erratic weather patterns and the prevalence of pests and diseases resulting from climate change threaten… Read more »

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 »

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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 »

Learning Route: Climate Change Adaptation in ASALs: Case 2 and 3: CCAFS & KARI

A new tool to measure global food waste

An international coalition launched a new tool to measure global food waste on Monday. It is hoped that the Food Loss and Waste Protocol will help halve food waste and significantly cut carbon emissions.  visit the site here

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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 »

S. Kilungu

Photo S. Kilungu

Introducing climate-smart agriculture tools for Africa

By Solomon Kilungu, Catherine Mungai and Vivian Atakos   There is a global push towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA) because it offers answers to issues of food security, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To support a transition to CSA in Africa, researchers and development practitioners have developed a range of tools and options… Read more »

Women Harvesting in Western Kenya

Photo S. Kilungu (CCAFS)

WEBINAR: Bridging the science-policy gap through an online knowledge sharing platform

Date: 12th August 2015 Time: 1400 – 1500 hrs. East African Time             1300 – 1400hrs South African Time ( Use time converter to find difference between your location and Nairobi, Kenya)   We are excited to bring you a webinar on: Bridging the science-policy gap through an online knowledge sharing platform. This webinar will present the  Climate… Read more »