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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 »

A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Photo A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Integrating research across countries in west and central Africa to benefit farmers

Exploring ways to enhance integration and cooperation among scientists and across research projects to benefit farmers was the theme of the West and Central Africa (WCA) Regional Planning meet held recently. During the two-day regional planning meet, scientists: Reviewed key research for development (R4D) achievements and lessons learnt in the past 2-3 years; Reviewed and… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

New program in Rwanda will transform agriculture through climate information and historic data reconstruction

The Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, which launches on #WorldMetDay 2016, will benefit nearly one million farmers over the next three years and reshape national food security planning for the long term. (Kigali, Rwanda) 23 March 2016 – To build a more climate-resilient agriculture sector, the Rwandan government and partners are taking action to provide nearly… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

Building a resilient agriculture sector in Rwanda through climate information services

By Susan Onyango (ICRAF) The Rwandan government has teamed up with research institutes and development partners to provide nearly one million farmers with timely access to essential climate information services. The launch of Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, coinciding with the World Meteorological Day on March 23, will help transform the country’s rural farming communities and… Read more »

CIFOR

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Why is gender important for climate-smart agriculture?

By Patti Kristjanson (ICRAF) Gender is a critical dimension of climate-smart agriculture. There are several reasons why. Agricultural growth is one such solution to tackling issues such as food and nutrition insecurity, and poverty that climate change exacerbates. We simply are not going to see the transformative changes in agriculture and food systems that we… 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 »

S. Kilungu

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Introducing climate-smart agriculture tools for Africa

By Solomon Kilungu, Catherine Mungai and Vivian Atakos   There is a global push towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA) because it offers answers to issues of food security, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. To support a transition to CSA in Africa, researchers and development practitioners have developed a range of tools and options… Read more »