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

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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 »

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 »

P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Strengthening ties with Kenya

The common interests of the Kenyan government and ICRISAT in improving the nutrition and income of smallholder farmers, involving youth in agriculture, use of information technology and involving private sector in agriculture were explored in a recent meeting between Mr Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Dr David Bergvinson,… Read more »

P. Savadogo (ICRAF)

Photo P. Savadogo (ICRAF)

A real opportunity to scale up Climate-Smart Villages in Niger

In Niger, the World Bank is financing a project inspired by the Climate-Smart Village model of Kampa Zarma.   In August, the 3N (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) facilitated a formulation workshop of a climate-smart agriculture project in Niger. The CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa programme was among the… Read more »