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 »

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 »

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 »

woman involved in poultry keeping

Photo V. Atakos (CCAFS)

Climate-Smart Agriculture 101

This site is your gateway to implementing CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE It will help you get started and guide you right through to implementation on the ground, connecting you with all the resources you need to dig deeper. Click here to access it

f46c458057f94855b815bd8c2de63822_18

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

Photo ICRISAT

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 »

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 »