SmartAG Partner July – September 2015

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Published on: 2015-11

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We are pleased to share with you the tenth issue of the SmartAG Partner- a quarterly newsletter of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa. This is the last issue I will preside over, as I will step down from the program leadership in December, 2015.

As we look forward to a new climate agreement at the conclusion of the 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP21) in Paris, France this December, we highlight progress made by countries to address climate change. Read about Kenya’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, submitted to the UNFCCC, which incorporates climate-smart agriculture. From Uganda, learn how and why the government is mainstreaming climate change into its agriculture plans and policies. In a commentary on SciDev.Net, we offer opinion on how the international dialogue on climate change needs to make agriculture integral to emerging agreements and programs.

We share our presentations to the largest international scientific conference — Our Common Future under Climate Change (CFCC15) —held in July, just four months ahead of COP21. We bring you two articles summarizing research findings on: indigenous knowledge for seasonal weather and climate forecasting across East Africa, engendering climate-smart agricultural innovations in East Africa and private sector actions to enable climate-smart agriculture in small-scale farming in East Africa.

This year, Greenpeace Africa released a comprehensive report providing insights into ways in which Kenyan smallholder farmers, including those from CCAFS climate-smart villages (CSVs), are adapting to climate change and building climate resilience. Read a summary blog based on these farmers. Additionally, from the CSVs, we share project information, on improving productivity of goats and sheep under changing climatic conditions.

We hope you continue to enjoy reading the East Africa CCAFS program updates.