by Vanessa Meadu
We recently returned from Dublin, Ireland, where smallholder farmers and global thought leaders joined to share experiences, innovations, and ways forward for Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice.
Here is a round-up of our reports back plus a selection of media stories featuring CGIAR work.
Connecting local with global
What happens when some of the world's thought leaders in hunger, nutrition and climate justice meet with innovators working at the frontlines of climate change in developing countries? These pairings helped bring lofty theories down to earth, infusing discussions on rights, risk, knowledge and empowerment with touching and inspiring examples from around the world. Read more…
Small farmers hold the key to tackling climate change wrote Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR, in an opinion piece for Reuters AlertNet. During his panel remarks (alongside Mary Robinson and Al Gore), Rijsberman acknowledged the importance of building on farmers’ knowledge when developing scientific solutions to climate change.
In a passionate speech, Al Gore pinpointed climate risks for farmers. Ireland’s President Michael Higgins emphasized unequal and inadequate access to food is one of the greatest failures of the global system. Rachel Kyte of the World Bank and CGIAR Fund Council emphasized the need to focus on building climate resilience for farmers, in the context of the millennium development goals.
Watch Frank Rijsberman, Mary Robinson, Al Gore and President Michael Higgins, and others live from the conference Read more »
by Bruce Campbell
Last year was an exciting time for us, as our targeted research unfolded into actions on the ground. Successful outcomes, as well as outcomes-in-the-making, can now be reviewed in our newly released 2012 Annual Report: Unfolding results: CCAFS Research into Action.
For the last two years, CCAFS has had the opportunity to operate as a CGIAR Research Program. During this time, we have made sure to actively build partnerships and capacity, engage with all the other CGIAR Programs, and ensure that activities across all of our research sites have been targeted.
These strategic measurements have ensured that conducted research is not only assisting smallholder farmers, extension workers and agriculture organizations with climate change adaptation and mitigation, but our research has also been fed into high-level policy deliberations on agriculture and climate change worldwide.
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By Joost Vervoort
What does the future hold for food security in East Africa? How do uncertain future socio-economic developments, such as changes in the degree of regional collaboration or changes in policies oriented to rural development, change East Africa’s capacity for climate adaptation and mitigation?
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has explored how different political and socio-economic futures for East Africa may affect food security and environmental change in the region, and how this may affect the region’s vulnerability to future climate change. These futures have been captured in four scenarios, developed and used by stakeholders from governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and the media in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.
WATCH: How scenarios are developed with regional partners
by Shauna Monkman
Sharing knowledge and best practices across different levels of an agricultural system promotes health and resilience. The art, however, is not in connecting different people, but in finding ways to facilitate discussions so that voices can be heard and understood outside of individual comfort zones.
A Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice Dialogue in Dublin last week answered this challenge by aiming to improve food security through cross system dialogues. The conference brought farmers, policy makers, civil servants, scientists and select business leaders together to share knowledge and to highlight examples of how science and policy makers are successfully working with local populations - especially farmers. Read more »
by Sarah McKune and Chesney McOmber
In a world that is rapidly becoming more connected through the internet, mobile phones and other Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), climate information has a new potential to reach farmers in rural communities worldwide and make a significant difference in their ability to successfully adapt to their changing environment.
However, despite the great potential of emerging communication technologies, the question remains whether those farmers who are most vulnerable to environmental shocks are able to access and utilize the tools to effectively manage the associated risk. Read more »
by Simon Bager
“Fine words butter no parsnips” is an English expression meaning that nothing is achieved through empty words or flattery. At conferences and meetings, participants can often be left with the feeling that the parsnips are never buttered – there are always a lot of nice words, but rarely anything concrete is achieved. We never seem to be able to butter the parsnips with all our fine words about fighting hunger or combatting climate change.
The conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice that took place in Dublin Castle, Ireland, on 15-16 April 2013 promised to be different. This conference was about bringing the voices of those affected by climate change, hunger, and malnutrition to the discussion, and together moving forward on combatting these challenges. Read more »
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