Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers – Blogs

  • Effective farmers confronting climate change
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    Recent research from diverse contexts points to the importance of “local” in driving climate adaptation. Farmer organizations and their networks are potentially crucial for three reasons: (a) with effective local networking they can share, learn and innovate; (b) with effective organization they can act as aggregators, in order to better… Read more »
  • Sharing lessons on sustainable climate-smart agriculture in Africa
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    According to Africa Renewal, West Africa has been identified as a climate-change hotspot, resulting in a higher risk of reduced crop yields and production, with subsequent negative effects on food security. The western part of Southern Africa is projected to become drier, with increasing drought frequency and a decrease in precipitation. The… Read more »
  • De-risking agricultural value chains using climate-smart agriculture
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    In April 2019, professionals from the soft commodity sectors who represent diverse value chains across the African continent came together for the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The gathering served as an opportunity to learn from best practices, technologies, partnerships and real-life implementation of sustainable agriculture practices. As part… Read more »
  • Science is not negotiable: Reflections from the UN climate talks in Bonn
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    Two things struck us the most in this year’s intersessional climate talks: Firstly, countries failed to agree on ambitious action in response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. Even so, Switzerland’s lead negotiator and several others put the focus on science-based… Read more »
  • Is climate-smart agriculture the silver bullet to attract youth to agriculture?
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    With the average African farmer’s age hitting nearly 60 years, the sector’s stakeholders have been diligently working to come up with measures on how to attract and retain youth in the sector. There have been a myriad of suggestions, but none of them seemed as attractive as engaging youth through… Read more »
  • Five non-mitigation benefits of alternate wetting and drying
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    Alternate wetting and drying (AWD) is now accepted as a viable mitigation measure in agriculture. Through this technique, rice farmers can reduce methane emissions, cut their pumping costs and enhance the efficiency of their water use. AWD; however, offers a variety of adaptation options as well. A climate-smart practice that… Read more »
  • Guiding investments in climate-smart livestock systems in East Africa
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    In Sub-Saharan Africa, livestock is crucial for the livelihoods of more than 80 percent of poor households. In addition, as a result of a growing population, increasing income and urbanisation, demand for livestock products is rising steadily across the region. This might seem like a good combination—those with rising purchasing… Read more »
  • Honduras analyzes its public policies on climate change
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    Within the project "Shaping equitable climate change policies for resilient food systems across Central America and the Caribbean" the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) works closely with countries and regional bodies in Central America to improve decision making processes, policy design and implementation. The… Read more »
  • Livestock and climate change: 16 West and Central African countries to move forward
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    In Sub-Saharan Africa, the livestock sector is a major contributor to rural livelihoods and the national economies, with at least 100 million poor people depending on it. In the Sahelian zone, the sector accounts for about 35% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supplies about 30% of the revenue in… Read more »
  • Transforming farmers and plant doctors into pest-smart agents in their communities
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    Farmers and plant doctors in Ekxang Climate-Smart Village (CSV) in Laos were trained on biologically-based alternatives to agrochemcicals used in vegetable production on 24 October 2018. Three women farmers, 16 men farmers and five plant doctors from the Plant Protection Center (PPC) participated in the training that was organized as… Read more »