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 »

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

G.Smith (CIAT)

Photo G.Smith (CIAT)

Eco-village: a holistic approach of climate smart agriculture

Adbari Majhi in her family farm inter-cropped and mixed-cropped of vegetables, pulses, millets with orchard spices, she is sun-drying harvested onions, Pic: Abhijit Mohanty     In southern Odisha State, India, the landscape and livelihoods of the indigenous family farmers are seriously threatened by industrial agriculture, bauxite mining, large dams, changing rainfall patterns and government… Read more »

ICRISAT

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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 »

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 »

C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Farmers use soil and water management practices to respond to changing rainfall patterns

Investment in appropriate and affordable rainwater harvesting and soil conservation measures are crucial to address crop and livestock production constraints in drylands. y This blog post was written by John Recha, Philip Kimeli, Vivian Atakos (CCAFS East Africa) Y y yIn semi-arid eastern Kenya, farmers Peter and Ruth Nguli continue to witness an increasingly dry and… Read more »

Maize

Photo P. Kimeli

Awareness: A Key to Reducing Post-Harvest Loss in Africa

Blog Post by Betty Kibaara In December 2013, I attended a workshop organized by the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI), a grantee in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Waste and Spoilage Initiative. At one point, a workshop participant arrived with a conspicuously bulky package. I asked about the package and learned that it contained Purdue Improved Cowpea Storage (PICS)… Read more »