by Cecilia Schubert
We need to face climate denial head on and speak up about climate injustices around the world. These were the rousing words from Al Gore, who encouraged audience members at the Dublin Conference to take action on climate change now.
There is an urgency to try and prevent the worst damage that can occur from climate change, Al Gore said to a full packed room, many of whom had come from distant nations, such as the Pacific island of Vanuatu, Malawi and Nunavut in the Arctic. Read more »
by Cecilia Schubert
One of the greatest failures of the global system is unequal and inadequate access to food. As a consequence, children in poverty-stricken areas are not reaching their full potential, stunting in growth before reaching adult life.
Even if the world has witnessed significant gains in poverty alleviation in the past 100 years, far too many still live in powerlessness and harsh conditions. Many struggle daily to feed themselves and their families, said H. E. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland in his opening speech at the Dublin conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice. President Higgins addressed an audience representing 60 different countries, many of them farmers and development practitioners from the developing world.
On top of the many going to bed hungry everyday, we now need to manage the complex layers of climate change, he continued. Read more »
by Alexa Jay and James Hansen
Our research theme, Adaptation through managing climate risk, is leading efforts to build the resilience of agriculture and food systems to a variable and changing climate. From the field level to government policy, efforts to reduce the impacts of climate risk on food security depend increasingly on information and knowledge. Improving climate-related information and connecting it to those who need it is a vital part of our work.
In an increasingly uncertain climate, climate information and advisory services can help farmers better manage risk and take advantage of favorable climate conditions. Climate services are receiving increasing attention among development organizations as a way to support climate change adaptation and immediate development goals. Read more »
by Mariana Rufino
An example of how CCAFS and its partners are moving from the research desk to action on the ground while supporting local communities is ”the SAMPLES approach”. Systems Analyst Mariana Rufino recently discussed how the ‘Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems’ - the SAMPLES approach- help address pro-poor mitigation challenges in developing countries.
Smallholder activities impact, and are impacted by, the constraints of their surroundings. Understanding these cross-scale interactions, between agriculture and the environment, could help generate a range of ecosystem services for which smallholders’ livelihoods depend. Read more »
By Vivian Atakos
Kenya recently launched the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) that will guide the transition of the country towards a low carbon climate resilient development pathway.
The plan further encourages people centered development, ensuring that climate change actions support the achievement of Kenya’s development goals. Read more »
by Melody Braun
Fish and fisheries play an important role in food security in Bangladesh, as fish represents 58 percent of all animal protein consumption, as well as a good source of vitamins and nutrients. However, natural fish populations depend on favorable environmental conditions that allow them to complete their natural life cycle. Increased incidence of floods, droughts and erratic rainfall, related to climate change, negatively affect species diversity, composition and productivity.
As mentioned in our previous story "Gender attitudes and practices investigated in Bangladesh", CCAFS is currently supporting a WorldFish project, called The Smart Farm. This project is looking at strategies to enhance both the productivity and diversity of fish in the context of a changing climate, seasonality, and patterns of inundation. Read more »
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