The newly released Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (AMKN) is a map-based online platform that brings climate, agriculture, and socio-economic information together with photos and videos of farmers living at research sites across the tropics. The platform, which was set up in collaboration with the CIAT-led research theme on Adaptation to Future Climate, aims to be an information service and key tool for practitioners, donors, policy makers, and researchers interested in food security and climate change.
The platform displays food security and climate data such as crop adaptation to climate change, drought indexes, and global climate models. Zooming into a region, you can also explore multimedia illustrating how farmers today are coping with climate variability, including almost 40 video testimonials from farmers in the CCAFS regions. A shift towards climate-smart agriculture requires an expanded research agenda that brings knowledge together in new ways, including research on seasonal forecasting for climate-risk management, downscaled climate projections for agricultural adaptation, and a new generation of climate-smart crop solutions. The AMKN will eventually bring all these together along with farm-level stories to illustrate the benefits that climate-smart agriculture can bring to millions of farmers around the world.
The initial sites on the map correspond to the CCAFS benchmark sites in East Africa, West Africa and the Indo-Gangetic Plains, letting users zoom in for a detailed view of our work in the field, or regional activities. New data and information will be regularly added to the AMKN and users are invited to ask questions and make suggestions on improving the tool via the AMKN Community (hit the ‘feedback’ button on the site).
The platform also includes data behind newly released studies on ‘Crop Adaptation to Climate Change’ , which highlights how crop suitability will be affected by climate change and the importance of climate proofing key crops across the tropics. You can read stories about crops such as bananas, beans, cassava and potatoes and hear what farmers are saying about their efforts to adapt to changing conditions.
Visit the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (AMKN)
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)