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, , , , , , , May 21, 2016

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 »

, , , May 20, 2016

Mainstreaming climate-smart practices in cocoa production in Ghana


  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 »

C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C.Schubert (CCAFS)

, , , May 19, 2016

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 »

Eric Wainaina (Nation Media)

Photo Eric Wainaina (Nation Media)

, , May 18, 2016

Portable orchard for the smart urban farmer


y This blog post was written by Eric Wainaina, Nation Media Group. y The cypress trees surrounding the quarter-acre farm in Kasarani, Nairobi, sway from left to right as the wind blows. Swaying together with the trees, albeit slightly, are mango, tree tomato, apple and orange fruit trees grown inside polythene bags. Samuel Manene is… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

April 19, 2016

Legumes as a Tool to Fight Poverty: Why the International Community Needs to Refocus Investment Priorities


This blog post was written by David Guerena, Agricultural Innovations Manager at One Acre Fund. Pulse crops are critically important to human nutrition, soil health, and agricultural productivity. These edible seeds of the legume family of plants are one of the main dietary staples for approximately 2 billion of the world’s poor, many of whom… Read more »

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

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

April 15, 2016

Experts’ advice on woodfuel governance in Burkina Faso


A woman cooking with both firewood (left) and charcoal (right) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Photo: J. Arevalo) By Susan Onyango Most people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on wood fuels as their main source of household energy. The same is true in Burkina Faso, where about 80% of the population cooks with charcoal or firewood or both…. Read more »

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