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Atlas highlights diversity of African soils for agriculture and more

Atlas highlights diversity of African soils for agriculture and more | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
International experts say they've created a Soil Atlas of Africa to help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand soil's diversity and importance.
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"We documented all the different types of soils and mapped them so that our decision-makers at national and regional levels can use the maps to decide where to invest in terms of food production and urbanization," said Robert Zougmore, regional program manager for west Africa at the CGIAR research program on climate change, agriculture and food security.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/05/23/Soil-Atlas-of-Africa-created-to-help-farmers-land-managers/UPI-73821369344064/#ixzz2UC5gqL76
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Investing In The Future We Want | Huffington Post

Investing In The Future We Want | Huffington Post | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
We stand today at the threshold of one of the most significant development challenges of the 21st century: How to feed and nourish 9 billion people by 2050 without destroying the environment, while climate change threatens to significantly diminish c...
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That's why CGIAR -- the only global agricultural research body that focuses the best scientific minds in the world on finding solutions for poor farmers, fishers and foresters in developing countries -- is committed to redoubling its efforts to ramp up funding for its ambitious research agenda.

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FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

FEATURE-Climate-smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility and reduce their carbon emissions
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Harpreet Singh is from one of 12,000 farming households across 27 villages in Haryana's Karnal district working with scientists from CGIAR to pilot climate smart techniques aimed at sustaining one of the country's most fertile belts.

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Cross-bred crops get fit faster | nature.com

Cross-bred crops get fit faster | nature.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize.
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The project’s success is due in large part to its access to a large seed bank managed by one of its partners, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico City. Breeders from CIMMYT and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria, searched the collection for maize varieties that thrive in water-scarce regions. The researchers cross-bred these var­ieties and then mated the most drought-tolerant of their offspring.

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Experts on climate change take on weatherman for turning a blind eye to farmers' needs | standardmedia.co.ke

Experts on climate change take on weatherman for turning a blind eye to farmers' needs | standardmedia.co.ke | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has been accused of neglecting the agriculture sector.
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Led by James Kanyangi, the East Africa Regional Facilitator at the International Livestock Research Institute, the experts said poor use of indigenous knowledge on weather prediction is to blame for slow climate adaptation in communities.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000135199/climate-change-experts-take-on-weatherman-for-turning-a-blind-eye-to-farmers-needs/

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U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change? | Inter Press Service

U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change? | Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Farming the climate-smart way, Munjal’s crop mix includes four acres of maize that need only a fifth of the water that rice consumes.

He opts for direct seeding instead of sapling transplantation, which involves high labour costs and a week of standing water to survive, in addition to being vulnerable to floods and strong winds due to a weak root system.


Munjal’s new methods, moreover, give shorter-cycle harvests and vegetables are grown as a third annual crop, translating into higher income for the farmer.


Trained by CGIAR’s Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and theInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Munjal also uses technology like the laser land leveler, which produces exceptionally flat farmland, and thus ensures equitable distribution and lower consumption of water.

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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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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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Heralding the dawn of a new era in rice improvement / businessmirror.com

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Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, says access to the sequence data of these 3,000 rice genomes will tremendously accelerate the progress of breeding programs. “The collaborative 3K RGP,” he says, “will add an immense amount of knowledge to rice genetics and enable detailed analysis by the global research community to ultimately benefit the poorest farmers who grow rice under the most difficult conditions.”

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India's farmers beating climate change with technology | BBC News

India's farmers beating climate change with technology | BBC News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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Surrounded by lush green farms in Karnal, Haryana, it is hard to imagine that farmers here could be worried about climate change.


Once known as the grain basket of India, farmers here are now worried about a lack of fertility in the soil, and decreasing groundwater levels.


Experts have warned that the impact of climate change means that in the coming years, the yield here will go down significantly. Rice farmers in the area are the first ones to be affected.


Taraori is one of dozens of villages in this state to start adapting the way they do things as a result.


The village is part of an initiative led by the global consultancy, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in India.


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Peru’s potato power | Biodiversity | DW.DE

Peru’s potato power | Biodiversity | DW.DE | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
No two potatoes are the same and there are 5,000 different varieties worldwide. And nowhere is that diversity more apparent than in Peru. Discover the mysteries and traditions surrounding the “real gold” of the Incas.
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 It’s only when the gene pool is sufficiently large and diverse can more resilient and robust varieties emerge that are well-equipped to cope with rising temperatures and are high in nutrition and easy to grow. That’s exactly what researchers at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima are working on. They are collecting, examining and cataloging the world’s tuber varieties and are working closely with local farmers and drawing on their knowledge about the best cultivation methods.

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ICRAF Urges Use of Indigenous Tree Species in Africa - Forests Policy & Practice

ICRAF Urges Use of Indigenous Tree Species in Africa - Forests Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a policy brief on the use of trees on farms in Nigeria to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food security.
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The brief examines indigenous trees including black pear, Africa star apple, and bush mango based on experiments and demonstration sites focusing on germination rates, rooting aptitude, and the production of indigenous trees within rubber-based farming systems. Identified uses for tree species include food, medicine, enhancement of soil fertility, sequestration of carbon, reduction of soil erosion, and as a source of alternative income.
read more: http://forests-l.iisd.org/news/icraf-urges-use-of-indigenous-tree-species-in-africa/258690/

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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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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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