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

F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Photo F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Four months after Paris, renewed urgency on climate action and financing

The world must move quickly to fulfill the promise of the climate change agreement reached in Paris four months ago and accelerate low-carbon growth, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said on the opening day of the Spring Meetings. More than 190 countries came together last December to pledge to do their part to… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

China seeks to deepen relations with Africa in agricultural development

By Katherine Lopez, Head of Communication, IITA China has stepped up efforts to deepen collaboration with Africa in the area of agricultural development with the exploration of cooperation with IITA. China’s Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), the agency that is promoting the collaboration with IITA, sees the partnership as a win-win situation for both China… 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 »


Women’s Role in Achieving a Food Secured Africa

By Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi The just ended year 2015 was the African Union’s Year of Women Empowerment. In post 2015, one thing is apparent – that Africa will not effectively achieve food security and poverty reduction unless the gender gap in economic opportunities is narrowed. Indeed the importance of women in development is… Read more »

Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures UK

Photo Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures UK

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 »

C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Participation and randomized control trials: Can we measure how much participation matters?

By Allan De Brauw  Participation is a prerequisite for development projects to have positive effects on the lives of the poor; without participation, it is unlikely that programs will have any positive impacts.  The level of participation almost certainly also affects positive outcomes from development interventions, and if that variation in outcomes by participation level can be… Read more »

P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

CIMMYT-CCAFS Initiative Seeks to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security in East Africa by 2025

By Fite Getaneh and Kindie Tesfaye The CIMMYT-led Integrated Agricultural Production and Food Security Forecasting System for East Africa (INAPFS) project was launched at an inception workshop held on 15-16 April 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, that brought together participants from national weather services and disaster risk management offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi,… Read more »

Uganda Policy report

The Role of Policy in Facilitating Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Uganda

This study aimed at understanding the influence of policy frameworks on climate change adaptation in Uganda. It combined literature review on existing natural resource management policies, focus group discussions with farming communities and interviews with key informants across various policy implementation levels. Findings reveal that even when farmers are exposed to appropriate adaptation practices, adoption… Read more »