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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 »

N.Palmer

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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 »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

New program in Rwanda will transform agriculture through climate information and historic data reconstruction

The Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, which launches on #WorldMetDay 2016, will benefit nearly one million farmers over the next three years and reshape national food security planning for the long term. (Kigali, Rwanda) 23 March 2016 – To build a more climate-resilient agriculture sector, the Rwandan government and partners are taking action to provide nearly… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

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Building a resilient agriculture sector in Rwanda through climate information services

By Susan Onyango (ICRAF) The Rwandan government has teamed up with research institutes and development partners to provide nearly one million farmers with timely access to essential climate information services. The launch of Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, coinciding with the World Meteorological Day on March 23, will help transform the country’s rural farming communities and… Read more »

BBC Africa Journalists visit to Nyando climate-smart villages

Photo V.Atakos (CCAFS)

Africa climate change and environmental reporting awards (ACCER) 2016

The third edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER 2016) has been launched. The competition aims to recognize and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society. Over a period of seven weeks, (8th March – 26th April 2016) citizen as well as professional journalists and other media practitioners… Read more »

G. Smith (CIAT)

Photo G. Smith (CIAT)

Achieving gender parity in African agricultural systems

By Mary Nyasimi and Solomon Kilungu (CCAFS) On International Women’s Day 2016, a webinar highlighted issues central to agricultural development for women in Africa. “If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 percent. This could raise total agricultural output in developing… Read more »

V.Meadu (CCAFS)

Photo V.Meadu (CCAFS)

East Africa 2016 Seasonal Outlook for Agriculture

By Mary Nyasimi (CCAFS), Emma Bowa (CARE) and James Muhindi (Assistant Director Climate Modeling Kenya Meteorological ) Members of the Kenya Seasonal Planning Network in partnership with Kenya Meteorology Department (KMD), held a one-day meeting to discuss the 2016 long rains (March to May) prediction and develop agro-advisory messages for farmers and other users of… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

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Mainstreaming climate change into Uganda’s agriculture sector plans

By John Francis Okiror (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) Uganda develops guidelines to mainstream climate change issues into the agriculture sector policies, plans, programs and activities. The Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) with support from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation (PACCA) project, and… Read more »