Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers – Blogs

  • Channeling the power of 'self-help' for gender empowerment in agriculture
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    When it comes to community vulnerabilities fostered by climate change, women are one of the highlighted groups. Since times immemorial, a collective front has often seemed to work out better for women in terms of addressing their issues. A similar innovative, collective construct is visibly operating in India with the... Read more »
  • Building the capacity of farmers in small ruminant management for climate change adaptation and mitigation
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    Compared to local breeds, the crosses of the Red Maasai sheep and Galla goat are better able to withstand heat stress and to recover from drought, utilize poor forage and cope with diseases, and are able to attain mature market weights within shorter periods of time. The Red Maasai sheep... Read more »
  • Crafting Climate-Smart Villages at the ‘Heart of India’
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    The second largest Indian state by area size, Madhya Pradesh, has been a major contributor to the nation’s natural resource base and cultural heritage. Agriculture still remains a core area of the state’s economy which is highly dependent on the monsoonal rains it receives. Like many other states in the... Read more »
  • Biofortified crops in West Africa aim to improve nutritional quality at the rural level
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    According to the Demographic and Health Survey conducted in Burkina Faso in 2003, 42% of the children in rural areas and 20% of the children in urban areas suffer from malnutrition. 39% of the children suffer from stunting (reduced height for age, an indicator of chronic malnutrition), and 19% suffer... Read more »
  • Working with rural women: insights from CGIAR scientists
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    Rural women, especially in developing countries, rely on agriculture and natural resources to meet the needs of their families and communities, making them critical to development. Despite their prominent role in growing and processing food, rural women face high levels of poverty and food insecurity. Compounding these issues, climate change... Read more »
  • Robust Adaptation Planning: a five-step framework to plan and respond to climate change
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    On a hot summer day in Accra, a number of people starting descending at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GEMPA) on the outskirts of the city. This was not an ordinary group but over forty key actors from across Ghana, including government officials, private sector executives, university... Read more »
  • Unlocking Myanmar’s potential for establishing Climate-Smart Villages
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    Myanmar’s growing population puts greater toll on its limited resources to put food on their plates. When combined with threats posed by climate change on agriculture, achieving Myanmar’s 2030 goal of achieving food security, nutrition, and sustainable and globally-competitive agriculture sector seems far-fetched. In recent years, climate change led to increased... Read more »
  • Ground-breaking CIAT-CCAFS initiative wins UN Momentum for Change award
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    Supporting farmers with weather and climate information services for agricultural decision-making is an essential strategy for enhancing food security in already vulnerable areas, and a key component of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). Access to climate information helps farmers adapt their practices to climate change, thereby increase productivity and resilience to climate variability. Yesterday, an initiative... Read more »
  • Women-led Climate-Smart Village in India, all set to blaze a trail
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    Durgesh, Premvati and Rajeshwari have been on common platforms before: during marriage celebrations, community feasts, religious gatherings and also during sowing and harvesting of crops. However, this year in August, they came together on a common platform for an entirely novel reason: to be part of the Village Climate Management... Read more »
  • Managing agricultural research for learning and outcomes: Standardizing planning and reporting across CGIAR Research Programs
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    CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) bring together scientists from around the world to work together to improve global food security, reduce poverty, and better manage natural resources. Fifteen CRPs carry out this work in partnership with a range of organizations, including academic, civic, and private sector partners. The complexity and range... Read more »