by Vanessa Meadu
How do we feed two billion more people with less water under changing climate? Professor Colin Chartres and colleagues challenged those of us at the Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture to think about this paradox.
The conference, hosted by University of California Davis, has gathered the world's top researchers on climate change and food security to share solutions and innovations, and map out a path forward for a food-secure future. Water is a major concern. Read more »
by Vanessa Meadu
In Sri Lanka, where climate change is expected to contribute to rising temperatures and changes in the quantity and distribution of rainfall, there are serious concerns about the impacts on farming. This extends to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who rely on the land for income, and also the food security of Sri Lankans who rely on key crops for food.
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which has been working in partnership with Sri Lankan government agencies in 2009, has made a significant contribution to the development of Sri Lanka’s climate change adaptation policies. Read more »
By Salman Asif Siddiqui and Sajid Pareeth
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) created history when it first came out with its comprehensive Global Irrigated Area Map (GIAM) in 2006 using satellite imageries and time series analysis. Since then, the South Asian region has undergone several changes in land use and demography due to rapid economic growth. Simultaneously, the climatic extremes have further amplified these changes in the recent years. Therefore, it is imperative to estimate the irrigated areas under such regions for planning the climate risk management strategies required to ensure food security. An improved version of the map would help the researchers to estimate the water use and study the impacts of climate change in the area. Read more »
by Giriraj Amarnath
Floods are major natural disasters that affect many regions around the world year after year, causing loss of lives, damaging economies and human health. More than one-third of the world’s land area is flood-prone, affecting about 82% of the world’s population. According to the International Disaster Database (2012), about 3,000 million people in more than 110 countries are affected by catastrophic flooding. Destructive floods are common in tropics, particularly in Asia. Worldwide, about 212,460 deaths are associated with floods during 1980-2011. Read more »
Southeast Asia is often called the world's 'rice bowl', due to the region's important role in the world rice trade. In fact, agriculture is the backbone of most economies in the region. But rapid climate change, which is likely to intensify droughts and floods, could devastate Southeast Asia’s agriculture, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people across the region, not to mention global food security.
National Geographic has picked up on these messages, which we highlighted at last month's conference on Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia: Research and Development Priorities.
National Geographic published an interview with Bruce Campbell (program director for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - CCAFS) and Matthew McCartney (from the International Water Management Institute - IWMI) about the expected impact of climate change on the region, and what adaptation strategies will be needed to ensure future food security: Read more »
How can we intensify agricultural production while at the same time ensuring adequate environmental protection? This is what a new CGIAR Research Program will investigate in the upcoming ten years, tackling one of the largest and most pressing issues of our time. Led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems looks to radically transform the way land, water and natural systems are managed. Read more »
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