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Fields on fire: making farming more sustainable in India – in pictures | Guardian Global Development

Fields on fire: making farming more sustainable in India – in pictures | Guardian Global Development | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The northern state of Punjab feeds 500 million people each year with rice and wheat, but how can traditional farming methods be made more sustainable?
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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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Donne, agricoltura e cambiamento climatico: una guida per lo sviluppo rurale di genere

Donne, agricoltura e cambiamento climatico: una guida per lo sviluppo rurale di genere | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Donne, agricoltura e cambiamento climatico. La nuova guida FAO per la raccolta di informazioni aiuterà i ricercatori a formulare politiche per affrontare lo sviluppo rurale di genere e il cambiamento climatico.
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La Food and Agricolture Organization (FAO), in collaborazione con il Research Program on Climate Change, Agricolture and Food Security (CCAFS), ha sviluppato una guida per la ricerca delle implicazioni che possono avere le differenze di genere e il cambiamento climatico sull’agricoltura e la sicurezza alimentare nei paesi in via di sviluppo.

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New paper reviews simulations of household models | AgMIP

New paper reviews simulations of household models | AgMIP | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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In order to answer the question of whether current agricultural models are up to the task of assessing agricultural adaptation to climate change and future impacts on food security, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) commissioned a review of farm household modeling. The resulting paper “Farm household models to analyse food security in a changing climate: A review” by M.T. van Wijk and others in the journal Global Food Security has been recently published. 

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Colombia estrecha sus lazos de cooperación con África : AGRO Noticias

Colombia estrecha sus lazos de cooperación con África : AGRO Noticias | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cali y el Valle del Cauca serán sede de Taller sobre cambio climático que reunirá delegados de Colombia, Kenia, Ghana y Senegal.
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Este convenio es apoyado por El Programa de Investigación en Cambio Climático, Agricultura y Seguridad Alimentaria (CCAFS por sus siglas en inglés), que viene trabajando desde hace tres años en regiones de África y Asia, e inició labores en América Latina en el 2013, entablando diálogos con delegados de los gobiernos de los países de la región, organizaciones internacionales, diversas ONG, centros de investigación y universidades.

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CCAFS Calls for Research on Climate Variability - Climate Change Policy & Practice

CCAFS Calls for Research on Climate Variability - Climate Change Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a blog post summarizing the findings of the research paper 'Climate Variability and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Review,' and calling for more research on how climate variability will affect the agricultural sector.
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The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a blog post summarizing the findings of the research paper 'Climate Variability and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Review,' and calling for more research on how climate variability will affect the agricultural sector.

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CCAFS, IPRI Workshop Features Gender and Climate Change Research - Climate Change Policy & Practice

CCAFS, IPRI Workshop Features Gender and Climate Change Research - Climate Change Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Men and women in Kenya and Uganda are adapting to climate change at different speeds, according to preliminary findings presented by researchers at a workshop organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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Men and women in Kenya and Uganda are adapting to climate change at different speeds, according to preliminary findings presented by researchers at a workshop organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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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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Response to US President Climate Data Call to Action - Blog on AgMIP

Response to US President Climate Data Call to Action - Blog on AgMIP | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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In support of the White House Climate Data Initiative, AgMIP and the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) have formed a new public-private partnership on open data and open source code modeling to enhance the climate resilience of food systems along with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

 

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is co-leading the economics team under the AgMIP with a focus on global and regional modeling, as well as and the climate change research work at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

 

Learn more about the AgMIP & CCAFS connection: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/agricultural-model-intercomparison-and-improvement-project-agmip

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Gobernador (e) del Valle presidió Taller sobre Cambio Climático en Cali - YouTube

Santiago de Cali, 21 de julio de 2013. El gobernador (e) del Valle del Cauca, Javier Fernández Botero presidió el acto de instalación del Taller sobre Cambio...
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New photo story and more, on CCAFS climate smart villages - UNCCD

New photo story and more, on CCAFS climate smart villages - UNCCD | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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As part of their climate smart village activities, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is working with local partners and a local youth group to manage the challenges of an increasingly variable rain, as well as degraded land and decreasing land sizes.

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Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods - IRIN News

Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods - IRIN News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding.
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In such areas, the government needs to draft laws and work concertedly with other nations to protect the coastlines from further degradation, John Recha, a programme specialist with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), told IRIN.

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