V.Atakos (CCAFS)

Village youth group inspires climate action

Written by Wilson Okila (Vi Agroforestry) “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion,” so goes an old Ethiopian proverb emphasizing the value of teamwork. In the Nyando area of western Kenya, the increasing frequency of late onset and early ending of rainfall seasons, as well as drought and flood events, is negatively… Read more »

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Evidence of impact: Climate-smart agriculture in Africa

Africa’s climate is changing. Across the continent rainfall patterns are set to alter. In many areas droughts will become more frequent, more intense, and last longer. In others, new patterns of rainfall will cause flooding and soil erosion. Climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to development across the
continent.
At the same time, Africa’s population continues to grow. Annual growth is estimated at 2.4% and the population is predicted to double from its current 0.9 billion people by 2050. According to the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than a quarter of sub-Saharan Africa’s people are currently undernourished. Crop production
will need to increase by 260% by 2050 to feed the continent’s projected population growth.
Africa’s agriculture must undergo a significant transformation to meet the simultaneous challenges of climate change, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation.

Climate-smart agriculture includes practices and technologies that sustainably increase productivity, support farmers’ adaptation to climate change, and reduce levels of greenhouse gases.
It can also help governments to achieve national food security and poverty reduction goals. Climate-smart approaches can include many diverse components from farm-level techniques
to international policy and finance mechanisms.

Many innovative climate-smart agriculture practices take place in Africa with the capacity to increase productivity and build resilience. Yet they remain largely unknown at the continental,
or even regional, levels. This book highlights just some of the array of climate-smart agriculture practices that exist across Africa’s diverse farming systems and climatic conditions. These strategies
and practices can provide the impetus and the models for transforming Africa’s agriculture.

CBA9: 9th conference on community-based adaptation to climate change

Organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED),Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), this year’s conference theme is ‘Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation’. CBA9 will begin with optional field visits scheduled for 24-26 April, followed by the conference at the Safari Park Hotel from 27-30 April. Full details… Read more »

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NEPAD launches a CSA alliance in Africa

On the 25th of June, the NEPAD Agency launched a Climate-Smart Agriculture alliance of diverse partners in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Alliance unites the public sector with research and civil society organisations to scale up on-farm assistance, link to technological advances and support a favourable policy environment. This cross-sector collaboration is designed to achieve transformational… Read more »