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 »

G.Smith (CIAT)

Photo G.Smith (CIAT)

“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 »

C. Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C. Schubert (CCAFS)

Women get a say in Kenya’s climate change decision making

As global temperatures rise, and weather patterns change, many of Kenya’s rural women are now paying a high price. These may include among others, women walking increasingly long distances to look for water as a result of more severe drought, or being left behind with children and livestock to care for while men move further… Read more »