by Chase Sova
Understanding the cost associated with climate change adaptation interventions in agriculture is important for mobilizing support and providing timely resources to improve resilience and adaptive capacities of small scale producers. In the latest CGIAR Climate working paper, Community-Based Adaptation Costing: An integrated framework for the participatory costing of community-based adaptations to climate change in agriculture (PDF), we see that the economic analysis of climate interventions is more than a game of numbers. Read more »
By Gopal Bhatta
CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) launched Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Platform (CSALP) for South Asia this April. The platform aims to encourage communication between policymakers, political leaders, researchers, farmers and civil society. It provides a collective platform for policy advocacy and facilitates development of Climate Smart Agriculture Knowledge Bank.
His Excellency President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav launched the platform in Kathmandu and released the first issue of CSALP South Asia’s Quarterly newsletter. The program was attended by Jim Hansen, Theme 2 Leader, Pramod Aggarwal, Regional Program Leader-South Asia, Gopal Bhatta, CCAFS’ South Asia Science Officer, former Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Nepal, Mr. Ganesh Shah, Secretary of Nepal Federation of Journalists, Mr. Jagat Nepal, and Executive Director of The Communicator, a Nepalese organization, Mr. Chandra Adhikari. Read more »
By Catherine Mungai and John Recha
On 27 March 2012, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Regional Program and Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) hosted a one-day national planning workshop on climate change and agricultural research in Kampala. The goal of the workshop was to develop a set of priority research areas where CCAFS can engage with the Ministry and other partners. The meeting brought together participants from various ministries, the local government, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.
The threefold objectives of the meeting were to share policy status and options for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture, to identify related research needs and priorities, and to develop action plans for joint activities. 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 »
by Maxwell Mkondiwa, reporting from the 6th Community Based Adaptation Conference in Vietnam
What is a community? Practitioners often implemented "community" development projects based on their perception of a community or village as a unified unit consisting of various individuals who share various common resources and institutions. However, this concept of community was challenged during the Sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA6) held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 16th to 22nd April 2012 as participants called for realistic assumptions when reporting the achievements of various adaptation projects. Participants acknowledged that while we need simple ways to consider community-based adaptation to climate change, we also need to understand the power relations, statuses and structure within communities. Thus a disaggregation of this so called “community” is necessary. While a community may also entail a community of practice, indigenous communities should also be understood as a special case in all CBA work. Read more »
Of all the sectors contributing to anthropological greenhouse gas emissions, the livestock sector has been the most consistently difficult to pin down. How does one actually measure emissions from a living, changing animal? Do you count the CO2 they exhale with every breath? What about all the rainforest that’s been chopped down to accommodate pasture land, do you count that, too? With the wide range of estimates for livestock’s contribution to GHGs and the ongoing argument as to which production systems are the most sustainable, it’s no wonder livestock often gets left out of the mitigation discussion altogether. Read more »
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