S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

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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 »

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)

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 »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

New research exposes urgent need to transform key agriculture regions across Africa by as early as 2025

Study quantifies the threat that climate change poses to nine staple food crops in sub-Saharan Africa and outlines actions and timeline required to adapt. Agriculture in parts of sub-Saharan Africa must undergo significant transformation if it is to continue to produce key food crops, according to a new study published today in Nature Climate Change. Maize, beans… Read more »

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Understanding Farmers’ Indicators in Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization

In order to increase the uptake of climate-smart agricultural innovations, it is important to move beyond adoption claims and understand the contexts in which farmers operate. Farmers use different indicators to decide whether or not to implement, what to implement, and where to implement specific innovations. Understanding and using such indicators to prioritize agricultural innovations… Read more »

S. Kilungu

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Introducing climate-smart agriculture tools for Africa

By Solomon Kilungu, Catherine Mungai and Vivian Atakos   There is a global push towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA) because it offers answers to issues of food security, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To support a transition to CSA in Africa, researchers and development practitioners have developed a range of tools and options… Read more »

G.Smith (CIAT)

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“White gold” beans to beat drought in Ethiopia

By Georgina Smith (CIAT) New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes. Severe drought in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest exporter of the bean used to make baked beans, could hit production for millions who cultivate and rely… Read more »

P. Savadogo (ICRAF)

Photo P. Savadogo (ICRAF)

A real opportunity to scale up Climate-Smart Villages in Niger

In Niger, the World Bank is financing a project inspired by the Climate-Smart Village model of Kampa Zarma.   In August, the 3N (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) facilitated a formulation workshop of a climate-smart agriculture project in Niger. The CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa programme was among the… Read more »

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Stakeholder Participatory Workshops in Lushoto, Tanzania: Climate Smart Agriculture Practices Lushoto

In June 2014, participatory workshops and field visits were conducted by the CIAT-DAPA and CIAT-Soils Research Area teams in the CCAFS Climate Smart Village of Lushoto, Tanzania in the West Usambara Mountains to identify locally appropriate climate smart practices and potential barriers to adopt them. Two stakeholder workshops were conducted; farmers’ workshop and national and… Read more »