S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now

The primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and thought system, embodied in industrial agriculture, that views life in disassociated parts, obscuring the destructive impact this approach has on humans, natural resources, and the environment. Industrial agriculture is characterized by waste, pollution, and inefficiency, and is a significant contributor to climate change…. 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 »

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 »

A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Photo A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Integrating research across countries in west and central Africa to benefit farmers

Exploring ways to enhance integration and cooperation among scientists and across research projects to benefit farmers was the theme of the West and Central Africa (WCA) Regional Planning meet held recently. During the two-day regional planning meet, scientists: Reviewed key research for development (R4D) achievements and lessons learnt in the past 2-3 years; Reviewed and… Read more »

World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Photo World Bank/Curt Carnemark

Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

By Christian Thierfelder, Jill Cairns, Kindie Tesfaye, Peter Setimela  HARARE (CIMMYT) — In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, a climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific Ocean causing extreme weather worldwide — this year, one of the strongest on record. Many of those millions are expected to be… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

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 »