Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers – Blogs

  • Coffee, cameras and climate change: Seeing drought through the eyes of the farmer
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    At the end of February, during the tail end of a drought that has wreaked havoc across the Horn of Africa, coffee farmers on Mt. Elgon in Uganda were each given a disposable camera and asked to document how drought has been impacting their livelihoods. The images they captured cut... Read more »
  • Climate-smart agricultural planning at a landscape level in Uganda
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    Taking the lead in Uganda, the Rakai district learning alliance has integrated various sectors and stakeholders at the landscape level to enhance not only synergies between the three interlinked pillars of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) but also sustainable management of ecosystem services. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... Read more »
  • Kenya launches Climate-Smart Agriculture Strategy for 2017-2026
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    Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to climate change and extreme weather... Read more »
  • Agriculture gets a strong presence in Bonn climate talks
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    In the lead up to the 23rd Conference of Parties (CoP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the intersessional Bonn climate talks concluded earlier this month.  Topics discussed included implementation of the Paris Agreement and issues related to agriculture. While formal negotiations on agriculture failed to... Read more »
  • Could nitrogen-efficient crops be a transformative, food-secure solution to reducing nitrous oxide emissions?
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    Farmers may have an alternative to applying nitrogen fertilizers. A new study in the journal Plant Science suggests an option to boost crop productivity and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI), by which the plants suppress the... Read more »
  • Five methods to evaluate the potential impact of climate change on food and nutrition security
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    One of the constant threats to food and nutritional security (FNS) is climate change. Exploring how this vulnerability manifests itself has been of interest to science, which has mainly focused on the interaction between these two events through agricultural production. In this context, a new working paper discusses five methods to analyze... Read more »
  • Big Data is making big impact in agriculture
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    The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) in 2017 is "Big Data for Big Impact," focusing on the power of Big Data for development and aiming to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context. CCAFS has been working in... Read more »
  • Bonn climate talks: Insurance offers untapped opportunity to make smallholder agriculture climate resilient
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    A one-day conference showcased the successes of index-based insurance for smallholders while identifying the potential to scale up the market on a global level. “We have seen that formally insuring farmers against extreme weather events is effective,” said Bruce Campbell, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and... Read more »
  • Guidance for national- and activity-level reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation in the livestock sector
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    In their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, 92 developing countries mentioned livestock-related emissions, and 48 of the 92 explicitly mentioned intentions to reduce emissions from livestock-related sources such as enteric fermentation, manure management and biogas, and grasslands and silvopastoral systems. But how do countries plan to document... Read more »
  • Agro-climatic forecasts to the rescue…
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    This is an excerpt of a blog published on the CIAT website. Read the original. Farmers need timely and reliable information and they need it now, especially in the face of climate variability and the havoc it wreaks on their crops, and therein their livelihoods. Climatic conditions can vary quite drastically from... Read more »