by Alexa Jay and Gopal Datt Bhatta
South Asia has historically been characterized by the dominance of smallholder, rainfed agriculture. Increasing climate variability creates yearly fluctuations in production that adds new risks to farming systems.
Precipitation is a very important component for agriculture in the region. The region has relatively low-to-moderate seasonal forecast skill during summer. It is however very crucial to assess seasonal predictions and inform the design of actionable seasonal climate information for rural communities to meet the associated risks. Read more »
by Kristi Foster
While food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation are arguably the greatest challenges faced by humanity today, that doesn’t mean they need to be tackled separately.
“We see tremendous potential for climate change to be a transformative issue in agriculture, to take us where we actually needed to be anyway,” said Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Director of the Environment and Climate Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at a recent side event hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Read more »
by Manon Verchot
“The main problem is water and rain,” said Joseph, a farmer from Makueni, Kenya on an episode of Shamba Shape-Up. Joseph and his wife Angela are among many farmers who are suffering from the unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change.
In response to farmer concerns, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has partnered with the East African TV show Shamba Shape-Up to bring sustainable agricultural innovations to farmers. Read more »
By Vivian Atakos, Catherine Mungai, John Recha
Researchers and development practitioners at the recently concluded Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA) workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya discussed a number of interesting topics, such as including gender into agriculture, the role of games in promoting innovations, differences between African and European agricultural systems and more.
Discussions wanted to reach an answer so to understand whether the approach being used to reach policy makers was the right one. Participants agreed on the need to make use of existing structures such as farmer associations rather than establishing new ones. Read more »
by Cecilia Schubert
After attending a thought-provoking climate conference session convened by the World Bank last week, we have one question on our minds: “Can we assist smallholders adapting to climate change while reducing agriculture’s damaging effects, without taking into account other sectors such as forests, grasslands and degraded soils?” Read more »
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 »
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