Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers – Blogs

  • CSV Cauca quantifies its emissions with Cool Farm Tool
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    The first training course on quantification of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) was carried out last September in the village of Los Cerrillos which belongs to the Cauca Climate-Smart Village (CSV). The training introduced participants to the Cool Farm Tool calculator which was applied to the coffee crop system.  Cool Farm… Read more »
  • Scaling community-based sheep breeding for genetic improvement in Ethiopia
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    Sheep are changing the lives of smallholder farmers in the Doyogena District of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. The district faces climate related risks that include increasing rainfall intensity and variability, water stress, soil erosion, deforestation, severe land degradation and fragmentation, declining soil fertility, shortage… Read more »
  • Climate Risk Management Special Issue highlights approaches to making climate services more effective for smallholder farmers
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    Six papers in the special issue, Scaling up Climate Services for Smallholder Farmers: Learning from Practice, describe a range of innovative approaches that the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) projects and partners bring to the challenge of providing effective, locally relevant agricultural climate services… Read more »
  • Exploring the future of agriculture in Honduras
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    What if, in the future, Honduran producers decided to focus on agro-exports in the hope of increasing their incomes? How would it affect their quality of life and how would they manage to produce large quantities of fruits and vegetables under the currently expected drought? Also, if the crops they… Read more »
  • Selective breeding manuals reveal best practices for livestock productivity
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    Two new manuals have been developed for livestock practitioners and development partners seeking to boost livestock productivity in pastoral communities through improved herd management. These modules are part of the Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, a collaborative partnership between CGIAR centers, county governments, the civil society, the private sector, and also… Read more »
  • How to evaluate agro-climate information services?
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    The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Vietnam, CARE, and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) developed a rapid evaluation tool for Agro-Climate Information Services (ACIS) in the form of a questionnaire. The ACIS project is aiming to translate climate knowledge and information into climate-informed decisions… Read more »
  • Weather, climate and gender: Promoting gender equality in rural climate services
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    Climate change brings with it erratic and shifting weather patterns. The first five months of 2018 have been exceptionally warm, with hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and droughts wreaking havoc across much of the world. Receding ice in Antarctica also spells disaster for coastal regions as ocean levels continue to rise.… Read more »
  • Diverse youth groups come together for climate-smart agriculture
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    While the western world faces the challenges of an ageing population, the African continent boasts a youthful majority. Across Ethiopia, more than 70% of the population is under the age of 30, and a new child is born every ten seconds. It is vital to harness the potential of this… Read more »
  • Gendering climate-smart agriculture in Doyogena, Ethiopia
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    In November 2018, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in East Africa (CCAFS EA) coordinated a field visit to Doyogena climate-smart landscape in Southern Ethiopia, with the objective of exploring opportunities for scaling-up climate-smart practices in a gender-responsive manner. The field exchange included the participation… Read more »
  • CCAFS-WASCAL: a winning collaboration for better adaptation to climate change in West Africa
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    Forming partnerships is crucial  to promote climate-smart solutions that can deliver food security and improve climate change adaptation and mitigation. Pursuant to this mission, the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) has been a strategic partner for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate… Read more »