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 »


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 »



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 »

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 »



Background Botswana is one of the southern African countries characterised as an arid, with only 6% of the total land area naturally suitable for agriculture. The country is therefore known for its fragile ecological environment, more than 50% of its population is dependent on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods with women and children dominating. Agricultural… Read more »


Gender and Agroforestry in Africa:Are Women Participating?

This paper presents the findings of a review undertaken on gender and the  adoption of agroforestry in Africa. The concept of gender as used in this paper is not about women, but rather as an organizing principle in society, which is used as a process and practice of taking into account the differences between men… Read more »

P. Kimeli

Photo P. Kimeli

Planning for the future from national, to county, to farm level

As Kenya continues the process of devolution, the bill and policy proposes that County governments integrate climate change action plans into their County Integrated Development Plans. Consultations with county government officials reveal that counties need technical and financial support to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in their development plans. Specifically, the counties call… Read more »

P. Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P. Kimeli (CCAFS)

Farmer planting tree seedlings

In the CCAFS Climate Smart Villages in Lushoto, Tanzania, farmers have been engaging in agroforestry, farmer learning events, improved land management and use of indigenous knowledge in weather forecasting.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Photo International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Agroforestry, livestock, fodder production and climate change adaptation and mitigation in East Africa

 Agroforestry and livestock keeping both have the potential to promote anthropogenic climate change resilience, and understanding how they can support each other in this context is crucial. Here, we discuss relevant issues in East Africa, where recent agroforestry interventions to support livestock keeping have included the planting of mostly exotic tree fodders, and where most… Read more »