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Dismay at agriculture impasse in UN climate talks | AlertNet

Dismay at agriculture impasse in UN climate talks | AlertNet | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Progress has stalled toward including agriculture in the UN climate talks, farmers, researchers and policy makers say...

 

"Some of the developing countries don't want any mention of mitigation, and I think that's because they don't believe there should be any targets that affect their food security," said Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR research programme on climate change, agriculture and food security (CCAFS).

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Creating 480 varieties of wheat is deserving of the World Food Prize / theconversation.com

Creating 480 varieties of wheat is deserving of the World Food Prize / theconversation.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Improving wheat is a major challenge for agricultural scientists. The world’s population continues to grow – and so does its appetite. Sanjaya Rajaram, winner of the 2014 World Food Prize, used an innovative…
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In his award-winning work at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in Mexico, Rajaram successfully developed 480 new wheat varieties by crossing winter and spring wheats. These two classes of wheat have distinct genepools, so crossing them created more genetic variation and therefore greater scope for breeding wheat with desirable characteristics.

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Naidu seeks ICRISAT's cooperation to improve agriculture in AP | business-standard.com

Naidu seeks ICRISAT's cooperation to improve agriculture in AP | business-standard.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The Andhra Pradesh government has sought cooperation of a city-based premier crops research institute to improve agriculture scenario in the state.
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In a meeting with functionaries of International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu yesterday discussed ways to transform agriculture sector in Andhra Pradesh in the next five years.

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Surat urban services monitoring program gets noticed at UN competition | business-standard.com

The Urban Services Monitoring System (UrSMS) in Surat, Gujarat has been selected as a "Project to Watch" in the Big Data Climate Challenge competition at the United Nations.
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The competition is part of the run-up to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit to be held on September 23. The two winners of the competition, announced last Wednesday, were a forest monitoring system, Global Forest Watch, from the World Resources Institute and an agriculture decision-making tool for Colombian rice farmers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Besides UrSMS, six other programs were selected as projects to watch.

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South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
South Asia is set to get a new drought monitoring tool next year, which policymakers hope will help a region increasingly buffeted by extreme weather....
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The new tool is being developed by the Global Water Project, the International Water Management Institute and the World Meteorological Organization with help from the governments of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Farmers and reservoir managers will be key recipients of the new data reports, which will be updated every eight days, said Frederik Pischke, a programme officer on international climate and hydrology for the Global Water Project. “The most important thing is to get the message to the ground level, to the level of farmers, households and water managers who are the final water users, so that they know well in advance what to expect and can adapt,” Pischke said.

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Actualites humanitaire et solidarite internationale - Agriculture intelligente face au climat | portail-humanitaire.org

Actualites humanitaire et solidarite internationale - Agriculture intelligente face au climat | portail-humanitaire.org | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Les dernières news des ONG et communiqués de presse des acteurs de solidarité.
Un service gratuit proposé par le Portail Humanitaire Francophone
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Mise en avant par plusieurs acteurs internationaux comme la Banque mondiale (BM) ou le CGIAR, et poussée par certains Etats comme les Etats-Unis et les Pays-Bas, cette approche devrait se concrétiser par le lancement d’une Alliance mondiale pour l’agriculture intelligente face au climat (Global Alliance for climate-smart agriculture – ACSA) lors du Sommet sur le Climat du 23 septembre 2014 organisé à New York par le Secrétaire général des Nations unies. 

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Kenya Lacks Adequate Climate Data Stations

Kenya Lacks Adequate Climate Data Stations | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Kenya lacks adequate weather recording stations, according to the 2014 African Agriculture Status report.
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In Kenya, the CGIAR Consortium's program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is working with stakeholders to develop and evaluate several models for communicating seasonal climate forecasts and supporting climate-informed management for smallholder farmers.

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Karnal farmers get climate-smart - Press Club of India

Karnal farmers get climate-smart - Press Club of India | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

They’re back to growing maize due to drop in groundwater level Basmati farmers in Karnal district in Haryana are going back to what their forefathers did before the Green Revolution — growing maize. While it is the new varieties and not the old hardy ones, maize offers an […]

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This village is one of the 27 climate-smart villages in Karnal, part of a project by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security that aims to improve farmers’ income and resilience to climate risks.

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Everyone has weather updates on their fingertips in this village - The Hindu

Everyone has weather updates on their fingertips in this village - The Hindu | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Farmers in Anjantheli also get info on seed varieties, pests
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Ruby Mehla had little to do with farming till she started getting messages on weather forecasts on her cell phone.


She was studying for an M.Tech degree after her marriage when she moved to Anjanthali village in Karnal district, Haryana. The village was among the first to be included in the Mobile Solution programme, part of the climate smart intervention by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a research programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Under this, agriculture-related advisories are sent to farmers and mainly targeted at women and small farmers.

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Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda - ScienceDaily

Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda - ScienceDaily | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A focused, three-pronged research agenda is needed if the world is to boost agricultural production and meet the demands of its upwardly spiraling population, while dealing with climate change and limited options for expanding agricultural land, report researchers.
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In a paper appearing online in the journal Agriculture and Food Security, the authors summarize the findings of the second international Climate Smart Agriculture conference held in March 2013 at UC Davis.

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Big data's now winning some climate credibility

Two UN prize-winning tools - which map changes to forests, and future changes to rice cropping - are offering a glimpse of big data's potential role in climate prevention and adaptation.
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“Climate change obligates us to manage our food systems in a more dynamic way, and big data offers the most effective way to achieve this. Like the hoe and spade, these new tools are becoming crucial implements for global food production,” CIAT scientist Andy Jarvis said in a blog post.

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India's 'Climate Smart' Villages Target Sustainable Agriculture | Voice of America

India's 'Climate Smart' Villages Target Sustainable Agriculture | Voice of America | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

A prosperous farming region known as India’s bread basket, Haryana state is now home to 26 “climate smart villages,” all of which are part of an initiative led by the research consortium, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in India.

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Three new partnerships to raise the profile of agriculture and develop stronger agribusiness in Pacific

Three new partnerships to raise the profile of agriculture and develop stronger agribusiness in Pacific | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Building resilience and strengthening climate-change adaptation for fishers and farmers in the Pacific region  


Long-term effects of climate change threaten the existence of many people in the Pacific. Recently, research has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of fisherfolk and farmers of this region to climate change impacts such as rising sea-levels, ocean acidification, and increased temperatures.  

 

CTA and the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres (CGIAR) are partnering to initiate research and development (R&D) programmes to build resilience and strengthen adaptation to climate change and existing South–South exchange mechanisms. Funding will be provided by the CGIAR Fund, the New Zealand Aid Programme and the European Union.  

 

CGIAR will be represented by two of its research programmes – Climate Change, Agriculture and Food  Security (CCAFS) and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS). The Pacific programme will be led by
WorldFish, but with other CGIAR centres contributing.

 
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Dropping Out for a Drop of Water | Economic and Political Weekly

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The report, “Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics” by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security1 (shows regions around the world at risk of crossing certain “climate thresholds” – such as temperature too hot for maize or beans – that over the next 40 years could diminish food production. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) estimates that the production of rice and wheat could decrease by as much as 19% and 34%, respectively by 2050 due to the effects of climate change. Environmental changes are directly threatening food security and right to survival of people across the world. It is anybody’s guess as to who will be hit first due to this crisis.

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Climate Smart Farmers Get Tech Savvy To Save India's Bread Basket / businessinsider.com

Climate Smart Farmers Get Tech Savvy To Save India's Bread Basket / businessinsider.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
By Nita BhallaKARNAL India (Thomson Reuters...
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Singh is from one of 12,000 farming households across 27 villages in Haryana's Karnal district working with scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to pilot climate smart techniques aimed at sustaining one of the country's most fertile belts.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-climate-smart-farmers-get-tech-savvy-to-save-indias-bread-basket-2014-9#ixzz3DUdzrOEC

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Jordan News Agency (Petra) |Jordan, ICARDA hold coordination meeting

Jordan News Agency (Petra) |Jordan, ICARDA hold coordination meeting | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Amman, Sept 14 (Petra) -- The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) on Sunday held its 16th meeting in collaboration with the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE).

Experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, faculties of agriculture, The Higher Council for Science and Technology and relevant donors took part in the meeting.

The head of the ICARDA, Mahmoud Al-Suluh, pointed to the "distinguished relations" between Jordan and his organization to develop the agricultural sector in the Kingdom through implementing joint projects and exchanging expertise and training.

NCARE General Manager Fawzi Al-Shayab said the biennial meeting aims to promote productivity and the quality of strategic crops.

During the meeting, participants reviewed existing cooperation projects in the areas of improving the productivity of food crops and animal fodder as well as sustainable water management in agriculture and water harvesting. Also discussed were socio-economic studies policies to stimulate the agriculture sector and impact of climate change.

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Myanmar's dry zone

Myanmar's dry zone | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Myanmar's vast central dry zone and the challenges to improving its agricultural productivity and bringing more security to the lives of its villagers were the focus of a workshop held recently in Yangon by the Mercy Corps, an international non-government organisation based in the United States.
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He cited a study of water resources in the dry zone which found that a statistically significant reduction in June rainfall amounts in recent years, coupled with high variability in the start of the monsoon, was likely to impede farm production by increasing the risk of drought at the start of the rain-fed crop cycle.


This vulnerability was particularly high in the central part of the dry zone, Mr Vaughan said, referring to the study released this year by the International Water Management Institute.

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‘Extreme Events’ from Climate Change Could Threaten Global Rice Production, Warns IRRI Scientist

‘Extreme Events’ from Climate Change Could Threaten Global Rice Production, Warns IRRI Scientist | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview to Oryza, Dr.Reiner Wassmann, Coordinator of the Climate Change Research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) clearly highlights the importance of the impact of climate change on rice production in various countries and possible means of its mitigation.
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Before carbon is counted, policy indicators offer way to measure REDD+ progress

Before carbon is counted, policy indicators offer way to measure REDD+ progress | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Workers take measurements in a mangrove forest in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, to gauge the trees' capacity for carbon storage. Can scientists also measure policy progress? Kate Evans/CIFOR photo
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“For a country to succeed with REDD+, it needs to have a suitable governance context and policies in place,” said lead author Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, of the Helsinki University Centre for Environment and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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Climate smart villages show how to adapt, and make money - India Climate Dialogue

Climate smart villages show how to adapt, and make money - India Climate Dialogue | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Villages can be weather smart, water smart, carbon smart, nitrogen smart and energy smart, with the farmers making more money all the while

An array of techniques ranging from simple local crop and water resource management to high-tech laser assisted precision land levelling offer scope for beleaguered Indian farmers battling erratic weather patterns to turn their villages ‘climate smart’ and take on global warming...Read more
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Some of the techniques are showing promising results in Haryana under a project of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme under Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which kicked off in 2012 in India and Nepal in South Asia. The project is also being expanded to four other Indian states, Bangladesh; Vietnam in south-east Asia; to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda in east Africa; in west Africa and in Guatemala and Nicaragua in Latin America.

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Climate Smart Village model to be implemented in Bihar - The Times of India

The Climate Smart Village model is a unique initiative by Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Secuirty in India, undertaken currently in Haryana and Bihar, to promote agriculture practices.
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As CCAFS collaborates on a participatory model, "we work with CIMMYT (Centre for Improvement of Wheat and Maize), IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) and local government bodies such as farmers' groups and self-help groups", said South Asia coordinator Pramod Agrawal..

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Messages draw out village women to farming - The Hindu

Messages draw out village women to farming - The Hindu | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Ruby Mehla had little to do with farming till she started getting messages on weather forecasts on her cell phone. She continues to study for an M Tech degree after her marriage when she moved to Anjanthali village in Karnal district, Haryana.


The village was among the first to be included in the Mobile Solution programme, part of the climate smart intervention by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a research programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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Karnal farmers get climate-smart - The Hindu

Karnal farmers get climate-smart - The Hindu | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Basmati farmers in Karnal district in Haryana are going back to what their forefathers did before the Green Revolution — growing maize. While it is the new varieties and not the old hardy ones, maize offers an option in view of the plummeting groundwater levels and climate vagaries in the area.


This village is one of the 27 climate-smart villages in Karnal, part of a project by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security that aims to improve farmers’ income and resilience to climate risks.


Researchers, local partners, farmers and policy-makers collaborate to select interventions to enhance productivity, increase income, achieve climate resilience and enable climate mitigation.


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U.N. honors CIAT project that saved rice crops in Colombia

U.N. honors CIAT project that saved rice crops in Colombia | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Research by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT, which saved some 1,800 hectares (4,400 acres) of rice from the drought in northern Colombia, has been awarded a prize by the United Nations as one of the best ideas for dealing with climate change worldwide.
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Crop Diversity Is Key to Agricultural Climate Adaptation | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Crop Diversity Is Key to Agricultural Climate Adaptation | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
News out of Harvard suggests that not only will climate change affect how food is grown, but it will also lower the nutrition levels of what ...
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Scientists from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia worked with Kasetsart University in Thailand to crossbreed the nation’s most popular variety of cassava with samples collected back in 1967 in Venezuela. The new cassava can better adapt to a wider variety of growing conditions, has less of an impact on soil quality, and provides a higher starch content that increases the productivity of each plant. The results have boosted crop yields, and Thai farmers are now earning more income from cassava than farmers in any other country.

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Event Announcement AfricaRice to host Rice Innovations Fair

Event Announcement AfricaRice to host Rice Innovations Fair | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
(MENAFN Press) COTONOU Benin September 1 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Innovative R&D products tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and its partners to
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Innovative R&D products tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and its partners to boost productivity in Africa's rice farming will be showcased at the first 'Rice Innovations Fair of Scalable Technologies' 1-2 September 2014 in Cotonou Benin.

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