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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 »

F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Photo F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Ethiopia, UK met agencies join forces to battle weather extremes

KONSO, Ethiopia, March 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is the seventh consecutive year that Deneke Degaga, a father of eight, is facing a crop failure. Degaga, 38, lives in Konso, an area that has faced repeated droughts. Recently, when his sorghum, bean and maize crop died, he decided to sell his one of his… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

CCAFS early career scientist wins best paper award at climate change conference

Symposium presented opportunity to share experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries. Catherine Mungai, a researcher at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has won an award for best paper at the recently concluded Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Persuasion: Towards a calculus of influence in livestock research for development

By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) An ‘advocacy wheel’ diagram from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—which used it to help improve outcomes for children’s nutrition by way of the UN Sustainable Development Goals—presented by Hien Tran at a Livestock Advocacy and Communications Convening held at ILRI’s Ethiopia campus in Nov 2015. In November last year (2015),… Read more »

Divya Pandey (IFPRI)

Photo Divya Pandey (IFPRI)

Ethiopian wheat offers unique source of diversity for weathering climate change

A pioneering analysis of selected varieties of Ethiopian durum wheat has revealed a fresh source of genetic diversity, which could allow crop breeders to create new varieties more resilient to climate change-induced stresses. The study, published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal and undertaken by scientists in Italy and Ethiopia, was unprecedented in its scale, methods of analysis, and… 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 »