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Global Climate Change May Cut Asian Rice Yields by 50% in 3 Decades, Warn Scientists - Oryza

Global Climate Change May Cut Asian Rice Yields by 50% in 3 Decades, Warn Scientists - Oryza | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Photo: P. Casier (CGIAR). While South and Southeast Asia are responsible for almost 90% of total rice production drastic climate change in the region threatens to reduce rice production fall by as much as 50% in the next three decades, according to scientists at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) speaking at a climate conference taking place this week in Bangkok Thailand.

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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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Increasing concerns over nitrous oxide | ABC

There are calls for a greater focus on the production of nitrous oxide emissions as delegates from around the world gather in Lima for the UN Climate Conference.
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The so-called 'forgotten' greenhouse gas traps 300 times more heat than carbon dioxide and its production is increasing dramatically due to rising global food production and fertiliser use.

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For more food and more resilience, turn to women- Thomson Reuters Foundation

For more food and more resilience, turn to women- Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Why solving inequality is key to a climate-smart and food-secure future
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This is why 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 COP20 U.N. climate conference in Peru.

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Climate Change: Re-adapting agriculture | The Africa Report

Climate Change: Re-adapting agriculture | The Africa Report | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Predictions abound regarding the many ways in which climate change will affect life around the world, and in the grim contest over who will suffer the most, the people of sub-Saharan Africa may come out on top.
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Avoiding a future of perpetual food crises will require Africans to increase crop production by a daunting 260 percent.


This herculean task must be accomplished in a world where climate change is expected to make droughts in large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa longer and more intense, while in other areas climate change could do the opposite: unleash a torrent of rainfall that will intensify flooding and soil erosion.

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How science is solving today’s development problems | The Guardian

How science is solving today’s development problems | The Guardian | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Frans Berkhout: Ebola, climate change and food security are just some of the challenges that research and science can help us face and bring knowledge that we can act on
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Recent studies by the Cgiar research programme on climate change, agriculture and food security (CCAFS) look at the interconnectedness of climate change and food production systems, combining climate modelling with social research techniques to better understand how the world’s farmers can react to climate change.


For example, in India, CCAFS South Asia is supporting a study that will equip genebanks with seeds that are “climate-ready”. This means they have genetic resources that are resilient to climatic stresses such as severe heat or scarce water. 

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‘Climate-smart’ villages to be built in three regions in Vietnam | Tuoitrenews.vn

‘Climate-smart’ villages to be built in three regions in Vietnam | Tuoitrenews.vn | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Preparations are underway to build three ‘climate smart’ villages to cope with climate change in three provinces, Yen Bai, Ha Tinh and Bac Lieu, which are in the north, central and southern parts of Vietnam respectively, a recent seminar was told.


The information was released at a seminar on communications on climate change jointly held in Hanoi last week by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Regional Program for Southeast Asia (CCAFS-SEA).

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Mỗi năm nhiệt độ ở Việt Nam tăng 0,5 - 0,7 độ C | Thanh Niên Online

Mỗi năm nhiệt độ ở Việt Nam tăng 0,5 - 0,7 độ C |  Thanh Niên Online | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
(TNO) Trung bình mỗi năm nhiệt độ Việt Nam tăng 0,5 - 0,7 độ C trong 50 năm qua và mực nước biển cũng đã dâng 20 cm trong khoảng thời gian này.
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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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“Dragons” urge youth to take the reins of power and solve forestry and agriculture problems- Forest News

“Dragons” urge youth to take the reins of power and solve forestry and agriculture problems- Forest News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
LIMA, Peru—Young people in forestry don’t want to be thought of as the ‘future’ but be involved in important discussions and listened to in the present, was the message from a youth session at the Global Landscapes Forum in Lima, Peru

At the youth session, 100 young people under 30 – along with 50 senior professionals – divided into groups to discuss key issues in forestry and brainstorm innovative ideas for integrated land use.

The ‘dragons’ were Rachel Kyte from the World Bank, CIFOR’s Peter Holmgren, Paola Agostini from TerrAfrica, Andy Jarvis from CCAFS and CIAT, Brazilian UNFCCC negotiator Guilherme do Prado Lima, and Peruvian Ministry of Environment COP20 Youth Liaison officer Irene Hofmeijer Merkeli.
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Why Solving Inequality is Key to a Climate Smart and Food Secure Future | Food Tank

Why Solving Inequality is Key to a Climate Smart and Food Secure Future | Food Tank | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Addressing gender inequality in agriculture would result in a much-needed increase in global food security.
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Gender is clearly an issue in the farming sector of developing countries. Despite providing half of the agricultural workforce and a strong role in ensuring proper family nutrition, especially for children and vulnerable household members, a great majority of women in the 500 million smallholder farming households worldwide don’t often have much say in how the farm resources are allocated.

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Vietnam, IRRI to craft strategy to boost country’s rice industry | Ag Professional

Vietnam, IRRI to craft strategy to boost country’s rice industry | Ag Professional | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) last week put its full weight behind a national strategy designed to make rice production an even larger engine of inclusive economic growth.
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Together with the top leadership of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and other public and private sector partners, MARD seeks the rapid and sustained growth of the agriculture sector, especially the rice subsector in which Vietnam is already a global leader.

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Africa: IFPRI Researchers Contribute to the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru

Africa: IFPRI Researchers Contribute to the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
IFPRI researchers will present findings of a new series of policy notes on women farmers' ability to adapt to climate change and contribute to a workshop on the economic viability of climate change mitigation policies at the annual climate conference known as COP 20.
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Lima — IFPRI researchers will present findings of a new series of policy notes on women farmers' ability to adapt to climate change and contribute to a workshop on the economic viability of climate change mitigation policies at the annual climate conference known as COP 20.

At the same side event, IFPRI has invited the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines as well as the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), to address specific gender dimensions of climate-smart-agriculture, in the context of South East Asia, and particularly the Philippines.

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Alerts on climate information encouraging - Report | Business News 2014-11-10 | GhanaWeb

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A new study by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) finds that many countries are already providing millions of farmers with innovative “climate information services” that allow them to anticipate and adapt to rapidly-changing conditions.

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