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Climate-smart farms yield bigger profit | Inquirer Business

In the Philippines, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices such as crop diversification and use of climate-resilient crops have been improving livelihoods and incomes among farmers in Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) in Guinayangan, Quezon. This CSA project is being led by the International Instittute of Rural Reconstruction with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Southeast Asia. Similar initiatives are being tested and implemented in CSVs in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  
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Scaling up climate-smart agriculture solutions for Southern African farmers | Bizcommunity

Scaling up climate-smart agriculture solutions for Southern African farmers | Bizcommunity | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

On 14 September, representatives from CTA, SACAU, CIMMYT and other partners gathers for an inception meeting of a new project that aims to promote information and access to specific climate solutions for cereals and livestock farmers.

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Dieses Dorf in Kenia trotzt der Dürre | ZDFmediathek 

ZDF, a German TV broadcast visited the Nyando Climate-Smart Villages in Kenya. Watch their 3-minute video coverage (in German).

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Gujarat solar cooperative: Model for generating additional farm income, conserving ground water, says experts | The Indian Express

Gujarat solar cooperative: Model for generating additional farm income, conserving ground water, says experts | The Indian Express | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

"Experts pointed out that with state governments like Gujarat providing 95 percent subsidy to farmers to install solar water irrigation pumps, farmers in the near future might end up overdrawing water using freely available power and destroy existing ground-water aquifers.

 

'Another advantage of this model is the minimal land footprint since farmers can continue to use land under solar panels to grow crops,' Shah added about the project that is being run at Dhundi with support from IWMI and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security."

 

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Trees on farms: The missing link in carbon accounting | EurekAlert

Trees on farms: The missing link in carbon accounting | EurekAlert | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

In a global analysis of tree cover on agricultural lands using remote sensing data, leading agroforestry scientists found the total biomass of carbon on agricultural lands to be four times higher than Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change default values, with trees contributing 75% of the biomass carbon.

 

Read more: Climate change mitigation from agroforestry estimated

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Agricultura climáticamente inteligente que mejora la resiliencia de los agricultores y apoya los planes nacionales de reducción de emisiones | Mercados de Medio Ambiente

Agricultura climáticamente inteligente que mejora la resiliencia de los agricultores y apoya los planes nacionales de reducción de emisiones | Mercados de Medio Ambiente | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Change for the better (Cambiar para mejorar) es el título del informe anual publicado por el Programa de Investigación sobre Cambio Climático, Agricultura y
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El arma secreta de Colombia contra el cambio climático | BBC Mundo

El arma secreta de Colombia contra el cambio climático | BBC Mundo | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Más ingresos, más producción y todo eso con un impacto menor en el cambio climático. Esos logros ya son realidad en una iniciativa pionera en Colombia, impulsada por el Centro de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), y la universidad Universidad del Cauca. La idea es aplicar un nuevo modelo de silvopastoralismo, usando pastos altamente nutritivos en extensiones de bosque, reduciendo al mismo tiempo la desforestación y las emisiones de metano.
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What would a global warming increase of 1.5C be like? | The Guardian

What would a global warming  increase of 1.5C be like? | The Guardian | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The article discusses the difference between the 1.5-degree goal that was set in Paris last year and the previous treshold of 2-degrees. Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS, says that "the extra half-degree could cut corn yields in parts of Africa by half."

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New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming' - BBC News

New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming' - BBC News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The current pipeline for breeding climate-ready maize varieties is not keeping pace with the rate of climate change, according to a new study by Andy Challinor from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, and researchers from Leeds, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Maize and Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

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Senegal's Farmers Adopt New Tool to Boost Harvests - Mobile Phones | AllAfrica

CCAFS scientists collaborated with the Senegalese National Meteorological Agency to develop downscaled climate information services and enhance the capacity of partners who are tasked to communicate climate information to farmers.

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Farmers adapt to climate change | Thomson Reuters Foundation News

The CCAFS climate information services in Senegal project is featured in this Reuters Spotlight page. Read the article: Senegal's farmers adopt new tool to boost harvests: mobile phones

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Living Planet: Text messages help farmers | DW.COM

Living Planet: Text messages help farmers | DW.COM | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

"Senegalese farmers have long used traditional techniques to read the weather and predict rainfall. Now, a new method has been developed: Sending science-based climate information by text message to help farmers boost yields."

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Senegal: Text messages provide weather forecasts for farmers | RFI

Senegal: Text messages provide weather forecasts for farmers | RFI | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Seasonal rainfall forecasts can help farmers adapt to climate change and improve their resilience to climate shocks. CCAFS and ANACIM developed climate information services that are relevant to farmers on a broad scale.

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Philippines publishes new climate change guidebook for journalists | Earth Journalism Network

Philippines publishes new climate change guidebook for journalists | Earth Journalism Network | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new publication titled "KLIMA 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists" has been released to help journalists, editors, teachers and trainers to understand the science behind climate change better. The publication provides data and information that would aid in climate change reporting, and tips on how to influence policy and generate public debate and action. With support from CCAFS Southeast Asia, the book was written through the collective effort of scientists, communicators and jounalists, building on the lessons from a series of media workshops conducted across the region and in the Philippines.

 

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Indian Farmers Battle With Climate Smart Agriculture | VOA News

Indian Farmers Battle With Climate Smart Agriculture | VOA News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

In several Indian states, farmers are adopting new agricultural practices to protect their crops from the ravages wrought by climate change. Anjana Pasricha visited a village in the northern Haryana state to see how climate smart practices are helping farmers cope with erratic weather patterns, such as excessive or deficient rain, rising temperatures and untimely cold spells.

 
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Dhundi farmers receive first payment for their 'solar crop' | Times of India

IWMI and CCAFS are supporting India's first solar cooperative in Dhundi, India. Here, farmers have installed 56.4 kWp of solar capacity which they use for irrigation as well as for selling surplus power to the Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited.

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Emergency Food Aid Amid Climate Change | The Energy Collective

Emergency Food Aid Amid Climate Change | The Energy Collective | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

"Globally, two of the top four producers of greenhouse gas emissions are the agriculture and transportation sectors, and both are associated with food aid. With this in mind, energy and climate pundits are being challenged to research and grapple with the link between emergency food aid and climate change."

 

The article cites a CCAFS press release which states that by 2050, climate change could negatively impact yields of wheat, rice, and corn in developing countries.

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How one Vietnamese farming village is adapting to climate change | South China Morning Post

How one Vietnamese farming village is adapting to climate change | South China Morning Post | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Vietnam has been feeling the brunt of various climate risks. People in Ma Village, in Yen Bai district, northern Vietnam, experience this first-hand with the recent bouts of cold ​spells, record high temperature increases, and heavy rains that have been affecting their agriculture and livelihoods.

In the article, Christian Larson provided an engaging narrative of the travails of Ma villagers amid these climate extremes. More importantly, the article features various ways by which the villagers confront these problems through climate forecasting, using climate-resilient crops, soil analysis to improve soil health, and proper timing of planting to avert possible crop damage due to severe cold or heavy rains.

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Using technology and women's rights to survive climate change in Southeast Asia | Newsweek

Everything from women's rights to satellites is being used by Mekong locals to address intense dry seasons, wetter monsoons and rising sea levels—all signs of devastating climate change.
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The El Nino-induced drought episodes experienced recently by some Southeast Asian countries underscore the importance of combined use of modern and age-old technologies that would help particularly smallholder farmers adapt to climate change impacts. This article in Newsweek features adaptation technologies that were developed by research centers under the CGIAR fold, and which are being promoted in the region, particularly Cambodia and Vietnam. It discusses satellite monitoring to improve water use, use of wastewater in growing plants, community fish refuge ponds, climate-smart rice varieties, and rice crop manager which is a mobile application that provides advisories on fertilizer and crop management. The author also emphasized the inclusion of women in all farm activities in recognition of their crucial role in helping the industry better cope and prosper amid the many climate challenges. 

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Africa: Food Crop Breeding Programmes Outpaced by Climate Change | AllAfrica

The current pipeline for breeding climate-ready maize varieties is not keeping pace with the rate of climate change, according to a new study by Andy Challinor from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, and researchers from Leeds, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Maize and Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

 

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Food security and carbon hoofprints | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Food security and carbon hoofprints | Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The article features the Agricultural Synergies Project that is carried out by CIAT and supported by CCAFS. The project aims at producing guidance on how to improve agricultural production in developing countries, including Rwanda, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Senegal's farmers adopt new tool to boost harvests: mobile phones | Business Insider

CCAFS scientists collaborated with the Senegalese National Meteorological Agency to develop downscaled climate information services and enhance the capacity of partners who are tasked to communicate climate information to farmers.

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Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy | Inter Press Service

Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy | Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Food security and agricultural development policies in Africa will wail if they are not climate-smart, according to a recent article on IPS News. The author mentions a few successful intiatives, including the CCAFS climate information services in Senegal project.

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Senegal's farmers adopt new tool to boost harvests: mobile phones | Planet Ark

Seasonal rainfall forecasts can help farmers adapt to climate change and improve their resilience to climate shocks. CCAFS and ANACIM developed climate information services that are relevant to farmers on a broad scale.

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Senegal's farmers adopt new tool to boost harvests: mobile phones | Daily Mail Online

Seasonal rainfall forecasts can help farmers adapt to climate change and improve their resilience to climate shocks. CCAFS and ANACIM developed climate information services that are relevant to farmers on a broad scale.

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