The changing climate is forcing farmers to try out innovations, such as the "keyhole garden" in Lesotho. The article quotes Mary Nyasimi from CCAFS Gender and Social Inclusion flagship who explains why women are extremely vulnerable to climate change.
In this article, CIMMYT scientists explain the benefits of "zero tillage" for farming and the environment in India. One of the quoted experts is M. L. Jat, a senior agronomist at CIMMYT, who leads CIMMYT’s contributions to Climate-Smart Villages in South Asia, as part of CCAFS.
On the sidelines of the United Nations COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the World Food Programme (WFP) USA requested the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to share its experiences about the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) approach. In an interview, Dr Robert Zougmoré, the Program Leader for the CCAFS West Africa region explained how the CSV approach offers a platform for rural communities to be aware and adopt climate-mart technologies and practices that could simultaneously increase agricultural productivity and livelihood income, improve their adaptive capacity to climate change while also mitigating its effects wherever possible.
In order to strengthen the resilience of the inhabitants of Daga Birame village in the Kaffrine region of Senegal, the CSV was established. Farmers in the Sahel region of Senegal are given modern technology in agriculture combined with traditional practices to cope with recurrent climatic and weather challenges.
Article by Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive director of the CGIAR System Organization, highlighting the importance of African agriculture at COP22 and the lack of progress on agriculture in the negotiations.
ICARDA hosts the largest seed collection in Rabat, Morocco, where they preserve and develop staples to become more climate resilient. The scientists work with farmers to test the seeds to improve its durability and production yield. This year's climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, offers a unique opportunity to address the impact of climate change on African agriculture, says Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS.
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.
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.
This article mentions the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative that aims to transform and adapt African agriculture to climate change. Bruce Campbell, Director of CCAFS, is quoted in the article saying that "[a]lmost all African countries have included agriculture in their climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), highlighting the grave risk that climate change poses both to food security and economic growth on the continent."
In India, a recent study examined the gender dimensions of a climate-smart agriculture technology called a drum seeder. Transplanted rice requires more labor, resources, and contributes more to greenhouse gases compared to direct-seeded rice (DSR) method using a drum seeder. Research from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examined the willingness of both men and women to adopt this new technology. Their findings indicated gender played an important role in explaining variation in willingness to use a seed drummer. Since men had more power in determining how household money was spent, their primarily concern lay in increasing income. Women, however, contributed a large portion of labor to the household, making their primary concern in labor-saving innovations.
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.
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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