G.Smith (CIAT)

Photo G.Smith (CIAT)

The 4th Annual – Africa Food Security Conference & Agri- Exhibition – AFSC 2016

The 4th Annual – Africa Food Security Conference & Agri- Exhibition  Theme:-  Road to 2030: Making the African Food Security a Reality”   This 2 day conference will kick start discussions aimed at building a refocused program and establishing monitoring mechanisms to address the needs of a dynamic food security program. Poverty, climate change, food… Read more »

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 »

V.Atakos (CCAFS)

Photo V.Atakos (CCAFS)

What is Africa’s agriculture potential?

The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all… Read more »

Hamish John Appleby (IWMI)

Photo Hamish John Appleby (IWMI)

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture’s (GASCA) second forum, to be held in Italy, numerous development, environment and agri-associations have raised these pressing concerns. Climate change means that a global shift towards an ecologically sustainable, climate-friendly rural agricultural model is more urgent, with integrated approaches like Community Supported Agriculture and ‘food sovereignty’ in… Read more »

G. Smith (CIAT)

Photo G. Smith (CIAT)

Niger: Climate-Smart Agriculture Project to Improve Productivity and Resilience of Niger’s Agriculture Sector

The Niger Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Support project, which is the first World Bank project in Africa designed specifically to deliver climate smart agriculture – namely increased productivity, enhanced resilience and reduced greenhouse gas emissions – is aligned with the Government of Niger’s ‘Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens’(3N) Initiative. The 3N is Niger’s national strategy to spur sustainable… Read more »

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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 »

ICRISAT

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Sowing the seeds of better adaptation

  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 »

N.Palmer

Photo N.Palmer

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 »

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 »

Joto Afrika

Jotoafrika: Low emission and climate change adaptation actions

  As a concept, green growth advocates for complimenting actions between how we utilize our natural resources and our daily development endeavors.Furthermore, green growth orients policy and associated subsequent actions in regard to climate change issues. The United Nations sustainability website provides a historical reference to the origin of the concept. In practical terms for countries of Africa,… Read more »