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Climate change and ‘smart seeds’ in Africa

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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 »

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Sowing the seeds of better adaptation

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  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 »

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

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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 »

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Mainstreaming climate-smart practices in cocoa production in Ghana

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  Responding to this challenge, the CCAFS-supported project ‘Mainstreaming CSA practices in cocoa production in Ghana‘ (2015-2019) assesses the climate change exposure of cocoa systems in Ghana by using a transect approach to identify sites with high, medium, and low climate change impacts. Key actors from the Ghanaian cocoa sector are involved in developing locally relevant… Read more »

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

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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 »

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