Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers – Blogs

  • Empowering women farmers to combat climatic risks while enhancing livelihoods and household nutrition
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    Risk management in agriculture has become more complex due to the added pressures of climate change. In high-risk prone areas like the Indo-Gangetic belt of India, farmers have time and again resorted to formal and informal ways of mitigating risks in farming. Crop diversification has been one such mechanism. It... Read more »
  • Using science to inform low emissions livestock policy development and implementation in East Africa
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    This was Professor Fekadu's opening statement for the Low Emissions Livestock: Supporting Policy Making and Implementation through Science in East Africa regional awareness raising workshop held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2–4 July 2018.  The workshop was organized by the Global Research Alliance... Read more »
  • Fund to jump-start implementation of climate-smart agriculture
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    A Community Innovation Fund (CIF) refers to a loan allowing farmer interest groups to implement climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in their communities. The step-by-step process of facilitating CIF was detailed in a guide put together by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Vietnam, with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate... Read more »
  • Eleven case studies exemplify strategies to scale up climate-smart agriculture
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    Many agricultural technologies and practices, including those qualifying as climate-smart, are not achieving their full potential impact because of low levels of adoption by farmers in developing countries. Despite successful pilot projects, uptake of new and innovative agricultural technologies and practices has often been poor, and we have still not... Read more »
  • Dry-direct seeding rice: A promising solution
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    The 2016 El Niño-Southern Oscillation brought severe drought and salinity intrusion, which are now affecting the rice production sector in the Mekong River Delta (MRD). The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam recognized that this crisis and its subsequent effects will recur in the future; hence, the... Read more »
  • Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier each year
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    From record-high low temperatures in Oman (42.6°C) in June to record-high high temperatures in Japan in July (41.1°C), extreme weather events this year—many linked to climate change—caused immediate deaths and widespread suffering. They also disrupted food production and are threatening medium-term food security. Almost a quarter of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from agriculture, principally... Read more »
  • Climate-smart agriculture improves farmers’ incomes and climate change adaptation capacity
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    The farming families of Ms. Ya and Mr. Khuen Khun, a 45-year-old farmer—as well as the other farming households who live in Rohal Suong Climate-Smart Village (CSV)—often experience severe floods and droughts. In this area, farmers like Khun and Ya grow rice, vegetables, and other crops using traditional methods, some... Read more »
  • How climate change impacts the concentration of key nutrients in crops
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    Since the Industrial Revolution, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 has been rising inexorably. CO2 emissions come from activities like deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. Policy note: The impact of rising carbon dioxide levels on crop nutrients and human health On average, people around the world receive most of their nutrition from plants, including 63 percent of... Read more »
  • Integrating institutional enabling factors can provide a new avenue to scaling up climate-smart agriculture
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    Published recently in the scientific journal Sustainability, the study entitled Institutional Perspectives of Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Systematic Literature Review explored to what extent institutional factors are addressed in peer-reviewed literature on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) at the global scale. The authors employed a systematic literature review methodology and institutional analysis framework to synthesize... Read more »
  • A participatory approach to empower the community
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    Participatory land-use planning (PLUP) refers to a bottom-up method of analyzing land and water resources. In its current form, PLUP integrates inputs about climate change and sea level rise to help communities sustainbly utilize the resources in their vicinities. Through sustainable resource use, a community can improve its members' livelihoods while... Read more »