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 »

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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

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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 »

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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 »

P. Casier (CGIAR)

Photo P. Casier (CGIAR)

Reviving Lake Victoria by Restoring Livelihoods

 This blog was originally published on the World Bank website, for more information click here   STORY HIGHLIGHTS Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater body in Africa and the largest inland fishery in the world, supporting over 40 million inhabitants, nearly 50% of them live with less than $1.25/day. The Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project… Read more »

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SmartAG Partner October – December 2015

We are pleased to share with you the first issue (in 2016) of the SmartAG Partner – a quarterly newsletter of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa (EA). We share the key highlights from CCAFS EA research and policy engagement initiatives from the last quarter of 2015. Innovative climate change partnerships… Read more »

G.Smith (CIAT)

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Innovative Partnerships Models to Advance Nutrition and Security

Marc Van AmeringenExecutive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) The food system is an essential part our lives in many respects. It is a very complex, integrated network that comprises not only supply chains of big companies, but also the institutions, the businesses and the people involved in the production, consumption, and distribution of… Read more »

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What’s driving Ethiopia’s fast development? Millions of smallholder farmers, of course

By James Stapleton (ILRI) Industrialization is key to economic development, and agriculture—supplying raw materials for processing and value addition—is an essential component of that process. Comprising more than 40% of national GDP and producing the overwhelming majority of the Ethiopia’s food, smallholder farmers are at the centre of the country’s recent economic success. So declared… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Enhancing readiness to address climate shocks in Africa

By Tabitha Muchaba and Todd Rosenstock  Five African governments develop climate-smart agriculture country programs guided by a number of experts including CCAFS researchers. Africa is the continent which is least responsible for the global accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG). But much of the continent, however, is already suffering from the negative impacts of climate change…. Read more »