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Farmers urged to increase cassava production - DailyNews

Farmers urged to increase cassava production - DailyNews | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The report also stresses the need for more research to make cassava more resistant to pests and disease.  "It's like the Rambo of the food crops" report author Andy Jarvis of the Colombia-based International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

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Scientists Warn Climate Change is Threatening World's Most Expansive Temperate Rainforests | PR Newswire

Scientists Warn Climate Change is Threatening World's Most Expansive Temperate Rainforests | PR Newswire | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
ASHLAND, Ore., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- International climate change and rainforest experts warned that...
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Dr. Patric Brandt of the Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which specializes in global warming research, participated in the study, adding, "We know from studies around the world that if rainforests are stressed by the combined impacts of climate change and land-disturbances, there is little hope in maintaining their ecosystem benefits for people or wildlife over the long term."

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Cloud Cover: A Favorable Forecast for Open Access in Agriculture | ICT Update

Cloud Cover: A Favorable Forecast for Open Access in Agriculture | ICT Update | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cloud computing supports reaching the goals of open access in agriculture.
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In December, we took a major step forward to making data more accessible.  We published the Global Circulation Models (GCM) from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFS) on the Amazon Cloud, AWS.  

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Vertical Gardens Help Bangladesh Farmers Overcome Salty Soil | Voice of America

Vertical Gardens Help Bangladesh Farmers Overcome Salty Soil | Voice of America | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
In Bangladesh, more land is becoming salty and unfit for growing crops. It’s a pressing problem in this densely-populated country where most people farm for a living. But even on saline land...
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WorldFish Center, an international non-profit, introduced vertical gardens in Bangladesh.
 
Dr. Craig Meisner, South Asia country director for WorldFish Center, based in Dhaka, said, “There is no country with such population density where natural resources are stretched to their very limits.”
 
He added that if climate change adaptation “fails here it will certainly fail in many other countries. However, if it succeeds here it gives hope for the world’s future.”

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Helen Greatrex and Alexa Jay: How Public-Private Partnerships in Insurance Can Unlock Business Potential of Small-Scale Agriculture | Business Fights Poverty

Helen Greatrex and Alexa Jay: How Public-Private Partnerships in Insurance Can Unlock Business Potential of Small-Scale Agriculture | Business Fights Poverty | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
By Helen Greatrex, Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Alexa Jay, Program and Communications Officer, at the International Research Institute for Climate…
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new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) demonstrates the viability of the public-private approach in creating index-based insurance programs with strong commercial potential that can reach large numbers of farmers.  The report examines initiatives that have successfully scaled beyond the pilot level, reaching a total of over 30 million farmers worldwide.

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Agricultural Movement Tackles Challenges of a Warming World | Yale Environment 360

Agricultural Movement Tackles Challenges of a Warming World | Yale Environment 360 | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
With temperatures rising and extreme weather becoming more frequent, the “climate-smart agriculture” campaign is using a host of measures — from new planting practices to improved water management — to keep farmers ahead of the disruptive impacts of climate change.
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The growing move to climate-smart agriculture is strongly supported by dozens of organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and the CGIAR Consortium, a network of 15 international research centers that work to advance agriculture research globally. The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, launched last September, aims to strengthen global food security, improve resilience to climate change, and help 500 million small farmers adapt to more stressful growing conditions. 


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Bajó alerta del 'Niño' | El Meridiano

Bajó alerta del 'Niño' | El Meridiano | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cereté. El 'Niño' ya no será una amenaza para la agricultura y todos los procesos productivos del país y especialmente de Córdoba. Por lo menos, así...
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"Los modelos de los centros internacionales de predicciones meteorológicas de Australia, Estados Unidos y Europa nos están mostrando que tendríamos un fenómeno neutral, ni 'Niño' ni 'Niña' sino una condición normal", dijo Gloria León, consultora de CCAFS en predicciones climáticas, que es una alianza global que reúne organizaciones comprometidas con la investigación para un futuro alimentario seguro.

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Climate-linked insurance could help poor farmers offset crop failure risk | Al Jazeera America

Climate-linked insurance could help poor farmers offset crop failure risk | Al Jazeera America | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
New study points to successes of large-scale insurance schemes in countries hard hit by weather variability
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A report released Monday by the International Center for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University and the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR), charts the impact that index insurance — which differs from traditional indemnity coverage in that it is based on factors such as rainfall, rather than actual measured loss — is having on smallholder farmers.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Why it is the remedy for Kenya’s food needs (The East African) - Asoko Insight

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Why it is the remedy for Kenya’s food needs (The East African) - Asoko Insight | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Fears following the continued rise in temperatures and increased frequency of extreme weather events have compelled key stakeholders in the global food security circles to embark on a paradigm shift. The aim is to prevent future food security crises while maintaining economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent. …

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Compelled by the need to find a lasting solution, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is working with other partners such as the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and a global research partnership, CGIAR’s programme on climate change, agriculture and food security, towards the effective adoption and implementation of climate-smart agriculture.

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Salvar la patata

Salvar la patata | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cinco comunidades andinas usan conocimientos ancestrales y científicos para proteger más de 1.300 variedades de papa de las plagas y el cambio climático
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Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru's Andes | Truthout

Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru's Andes | Truthout | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The Quechua Indians are worried about threats to their potato crops from alterations in rainfall patterns and temperatures.
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An alliance combining scientific innovation with traditional Quechua know-how is taking shape to preserve Andean potato varieties. It includes the Asociación Andes, CIP and the Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security(CCAFS) of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres.

While the search is on for crop varieties that can be grown on arid, high-altitude land, native farmers are receiving assistance in the Parque de la Papa to adapt their crops.

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Food Security Group Wins Major Funding For World-Leading Food and Land Research - Scotland Food and Drink

The Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops (SFSA-C), which is a collaborative venture between the university of Aberdeen, The James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee, has been awarded prestigious funding to research the global links between Food Security and Land Use Change.

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The project also has the support of the world bank and CCAFS (the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security). It will begin early in 2015 and will run for 48 months, and is expected to deliver outputs relevant for policy making at regional and global scales. 

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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food | Inter Press Service

Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food | Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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The countryside is the first sector directly affected by climate change, said Andy Jarvis, a researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) who specialises in low-carbon farming in the CGIAR Research Programme for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.


“Climate and agriculture go hand in hand and it’s the climate that defines whether a crop will do well or poorly. The geography of where crops grow is going to change, and the impacts can be extremely negative if nothing is done,” Jarvis told Tierramérica during the Global Landscapes Forum, the biggest parallel event to the COP20.

Crops like coffee, cacao and beans are especially vulnerable to drastic temperatures and scarce rainfall and can suffer huge losses as a result of changing climate patterns.

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IISD/ENB Presents - ENV #50: Increasing Resilience to Climate Change through Adoption of CSA Practices with a Focus on Gender | iisd.ca

IISD/ENB Presents - ENV #50: Increasing Resilience to Climate Change through Adoption of CSA Practices with a Focus on Gender | iisd.ca | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, delegates at a UNFCCC COP 20 side event discussed “Increasing the Resilience of Farming Communities to Climate Change through Shared Learning and Adaptation Decision-Making With a Focus on Gender.”
The event brought together a wide range of stakeholders who shared case studies from Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. This video by IISD Reporting Services addresses traditional knowledge, gender barriers to climate smart technologies, and the changing role of women due to climate change. Produced by Asheline Appleton and edited/filmed by Ben Crowe.
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Environment policy to revitalise challenges | DailyNews

Environment policy to revitalise challenges | DailyNews | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Tanzania\'s leading online News Edition (The National Newspaper). Get access to the most current and latest authoritative news on local issues, politics, events, celebrations, editorial, columnists, features, people and business
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The project, launched last year, is supporting Uganda and Tanzania in the development of policies that are climate resilient; it is led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and is part of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Flagship Programme on Policies and Institutions on Climate-Resilient Food Systems.

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Tanzania’s wants to recreate new environmental policy | Africa Science News

Africa Science News Service | Reporting about African science with an African eye
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The project which was launched last year is supporting Uganda and Tanzania in the development of policies that are climate resilient; it is funded by the CGIAR’s Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFS) program and led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).


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Climate Smart Villages | AsiaLIFE

Climate Smart Villages | AsiaLIFE | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change, Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world. Sarah Piccini discovers how Delta farmers are working ...
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Climate Smart Villages already exist in South Asia, Latin America and West and East Africa. There, the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) project has successfully helped rural communities boost their productivity, increase incomes and build resilience to extreme weather events like floods and droughts.


In 2013, CCAFS chose to expand to Southeast Asia, a global hotspot for greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation and deforestation. In addition to the three villages in Vietnam, which will be located in the northwest, north central and southern regions of the country, CCAFS plans to build two in Laos and one in Cambodia.

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Weather-based insurance ‘could benefit smallholders’ | SciDev.Net

Weather-based insurance ‘could benefit smallholders’ | SciDev.Net | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new report sheds light on how weather-based insurance could be scaled up to benefit millions of smallholders.
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The report by CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate ChangeAgriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at the US-based Columbia University was launched last month (26 January) and discusses cases from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, India and Mongolia.
 
Researchers examined current operational insurance programmes that have been expanded to cover and transform the livelihoods of thousands or millions of farmers.

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Se necesita información local | El Meridiano

Se necesita información local | El Meridiano | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cereté. La agricultura en el mundo siempre ha dependido de las condiciones climáticas, pero ahora esa dependencia es mayor y se necesita un conocimien...
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Cereté y Ciénaga de Oro, dos municipios sobre los cuales trabajaron consultores en predicciones agroclimáticas del Ccafs del Ciat, aunque están cerca tienen condiciones diferentes para la siembra de maíz este año.

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Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance: study | Reuters

Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance: study | Reuters | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world's small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme
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Obstacles like poor infrastructure and lack of financing have been partly overcome in several countries, and insurance is now available to millions of small farmers, said the study released on Wednesday by Columbia University and the research group Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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Start-Up Jamaica alum, Revofarm, pitches app in Lima | Jamaica Gleaner

Start-Up Jamaica alum, Revofarm, pitches app in Lima | Jamaica Gleaner | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
In association with the Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), it hosted a 24-hour 'hackathon', giving Latin American developers and computer programmers first access to cloud-based data.
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Private insurers may help farmers weather the storm | The Financial Express

Private insurers may help farmers weather the storm | The Financial Express | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Govt’s invitation to pvt players aimed at creating competition for AIC
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“Crop insurance is going to become even more important in future, considering increasing climatic variability. Unfortunately, despite insurance reaching almost 30 million farmers today, there is widespread dissatisfaction. We need to develop simple products that are scientifically valid, economically viable, transparent, and acceptable to most stakeholders,” Pramod Aggarwal, regional programme leader, Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) platform, said.

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Why gender inequality and food security go hand-in-hand

Why gender inequality and food security go hand-in-hand | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Addressing gender inequality in farming sector of developing countries could increase global food security, Paul writes. Women are more likely to adopt new techniques in farming practices to enhance household nutrition.
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Gender has been flagged as one of the six issues we need to tackle in an issues paper co-authored by CARE International, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) for the COP 20 U.N. Climate Conference in Lima, Peru.

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Unlocking innovation for food and farming- Caribbeanlifenews.com

Unlocking innovation for food and farming- Caribbeanlifenews.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
LIMA, Dec. 13, 2014 (IPS) - The digital revolution that is continuing to develop at lightening speed is an exciting new ally in our fight for global food security in the face of climate change.
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The potential of this new partnership was put to the test this week at the climate negotiations in Peru, when the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) hosted a 24-hour “hackathon”, giving Latin American developers and computer programmers first access to the cloud-based data.


The challenge was to transform the available data into actionable knowledge that will help farmers better adapt to climate variability.


The results were inspiring. The winning innovation from Colombian team Geomelodicos helps farmers more accurately predict when to plant their crops each season. Gone are the days when farmers could rely on almanacs for predicting seasonal planting dates, as climate change has made these predictions unreliable.

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Datasets will be accessible online to spur future ‘climate-smart’ innovations for food and farming - News - Professional Resources - PreventionWeb.net

Press release: Lima, Peru — CGIAR, a consortium of international agricultural research centers, will make its wealth of data more accessible and available for addressing critical food security and development challenges using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud
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“Farmers need to plan for the short and long term, and climate change throws a major wrench in the works,” said Andy Jarvis, a senior scientist with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which contributed the “CCAFS-Climate” dataset.

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OPINION: How Shifting to the Cloud Can Unlock Innovation for Food and Farming | Inter Press Service

OPINION: How Shifting to the Cloud Can Unlock Innovation for Food and Farming | Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Andy Jarvis, CCAFS Program Leader, writes:


Researchers have spent decades collecting data on climate patterns, but only in recent years have cost-effective solutions for publicly hosting this information been developed. Cloud computing services make the ideal home for key climate data – given that they have a vast capacity for not only storing data, but analysing it as well.


This rationale is the basis for a brand new partnership between CGIAR, a consortium of international research centres, and Amazon web services. With 40 years of research under its belt, CGIAR holds a wealth of information on not just climate patterns, but on all aspects of agriculture.

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