by Manon Verchot
One important question for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is how to reach farmers, in order to give them relevant information on how to cope with climate change. The innovative East African TV program Shamba Shape-Up may provide some empowering solutions. Read more »
by Cecilia Schubert
How can you contribute to climate change mitigation? This is a strange question, especially if you were to ask a smallholder farmer in Africa.
But if farmers could benefit from carbon market funds through mitigation activities in agriculture, and also make changes that supported livelihoods, increased food production and enhanced climate resilience, then they might want to engage in low emissions development.
So, what is required to ensure that farmers get financial compensation for mitigation-related activities? And, in addition, what is needed to ensure countries can plan and implement low emissions development linked to agriculture? Read more »
by Marcela Beltrán
How will rural communities adapt to climate change? A common criticism is that governments focus too much on top-down approaches to climate change adaptation, without considering the needs of local, rural communities.
As a response, several development agencies have developed participatory planning tools to allow communities to be involved in decision-making processes and share their valuable knowledge and solutions to climate change.
by Vivian Atakos
The Agriculture Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA) workshop coorganised by PROLINNOVA, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and other partners finally kicked off on 29 May 2013 here in Nairobi, Kenya.
More than 50 farmers from Eastern Africa got together with researchers and practitioners from across the globe, to discuss what they are doing in the field and to share innovative ideas at a so-called "market fair". The fair made it possible for researchers and practitioners to get an overiew of what farmers are doing right now, in their own fields. Read more »
Photos from Nyando, Kenya by K. Trautman.
In East Africa, smallholder farmers are battling climate change, while trying to improve their incomes and food insecurity.
By diversifying their income sources, farmers are also improving their resilience to climate change. As the weather fluctuates between excessive rain, to months of drought, keeping a few chickens, goats that produce milk, and managing bees for honey can be good supplements to the regular on-farm activities. These days, planting traditional crops like maize and potato, using traditional methods, can be a high-risk activity.
Different sources of income and a reliable supply of food also means a better chance to battle hunger, improve incomes, and ensure nutrition for the whole family.
That is why, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is working in East Africa with partners to help farmers learn more about alternatives that can boost income and battle hunger as climate changes. Read more »
re-posted from the ILRI blog
"The story of human settlement and human evolution is very much tied to the fact that the earth’s climate has always been changing, and will continue to do so."
So begins a new brief developed by agricultural systems and climate change scientist Philip Thornton and his colleagues at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The brief goes on to say the following: Read more »
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)