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Energie en Afrique de l’Ouest : l ’avenir de l’hydroélectricité s’assombrit - Sciences2d.org

Energie en Afrique de l’Ouest :  l ’avenir de l’hydroélectricité s’assombrit - Sciences2d.org | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
                                                                                                                                                 Fatouma Sophie Ouattara Partout en Afrique de l'oues...
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Dans de telles conditions, beaucoup de scientifiques ne voient plus d’un bon œil, les gros investissements dans l’hydroélectricité dans la mesure où les coûts sont exorbitants et nécessitent des dettes que des générations vont payer sur 20 à 30 ans, sans pour autant que la rentabilité financière soit garanties. En effet avec le calcul des externalités, certains économistes soutiennent que la rentabilité des projets de grands barrages Ouest africains est très modeste. D’où la nécessité de trouver des solutions alternatives. Selon le coordonnateur régional du Programme de recherche sur le changement climatique, l’agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire (CCAFS) Afrique de l’Ouest, Robert Zougmoré, il n’est plus judicieux dans un contexte de changement climatique, de se limiter aux grands barrages pour stocker l’eau. Dans le cas contraire, il faudrait calculer la capacité réelle du barrage à construire, en tenant compte de l’augmentation du stress hydrique et de la baisse progressive des précipitations.

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Climate change adds to East Africa’s food plight - EcoBusiness

Climate change adds to East Africa’s food plight - EcoBusiness | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The report, East African Agriculture and Climate Change, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looks at threats to food...
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The report, East African Agriculture and Climate Change, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looks at threats to food supplies in 11 countries in East and Central Africa – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Cattle in poor countries produce more earth-warming gases - IRIN News

Cattle in poor countries produce more earth-warming gases - IRIN News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Cattle bred for meat and dairy in some poor countries can emit 100 times more earth-warming carbon dioxide than those in rich countries for each kilogramme of protein (milk, meat) produced, says a new study.
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Cattle in developing countries account for 75 percent of global emissions from those particular animals and 56 percent of the global emissions from poultry and pigs. The higher greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries are driven by the animal's consumption of poor-quality food, the quantity of this food consumed and the animal's worse health.

The study was produced by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

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Weather info project aims to help African farmers adapt

Weather info project aims to help African farmers adapt | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Effort aims to secure food security in Africa in the face of worsening climate change impacts
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The Climate Services Adaptation Programme launched in November 2013 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) presents a window of opportunity for African farmers to use scientific knowledge to battle weather challenges.


The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)  is working to ensure that the “Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa” reaches smallholder farmers in the target countries of Tanzania and Malawi.

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Lack of greenhouse emissions data ‘demands action’ - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa

Lack of greenhouse emissions data ‘demands action’ - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Many African countries do not collect data on greenhouse gases but a project aims to reverse the trend.
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The CCAFS project collects data in agriculture across Africa and other developing regions to help the capacity of governments to build credible national inventories on emissions, according to Mariana Rufino, a Kenya-based senior scientist of CCAFS.

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Climate Change & Agriculture in East Africa - Inter Press Service

Climate Change & Agriculture in East Africa - Inter Press Service | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new book, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and released by three research organizations, says population growth in
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The book is the result of collaboration among IFPRI, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and scientists from each of the countries studied. Using sophisticated modeling and available data to develop future scenarios and explore a range of climate change consequences for agriculture, food security, and resource management, the book offers recommendations to national governments and regional agencies.

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Weather-based crop cover finds favour with farmers - The Financial Express

Weather-based crop cover finds favour with farmers - The Financial Express | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The scheme, piloted in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in rabi of 2007, has, for the first time in the country, given farmers a cover against crop losses from adverse weather conditions.
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"Weather based insurance provides risk management tools for farmers to deal with climate change adaptation initiative," Pramod Aggarwal, regional programme leader, Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) platform, said. CCAFS has been, in collaboration with AICI, promoting the weather-based insurance among farmers.

So far, only about 30 million farmers out of 120 million have been covered under the National Crop Insurance

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Africa Urged to Use Multilateral Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Africa Urged to Use Multilateral Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development - Thomson Reuters Foundation | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Photo: N. Palmer

 

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Dr Wilbur Ottichilo, a legislator and environmental expert who is a member of Kenya's negotiating team in Warsaw, gives an example."Farmers in different parts of the country are already practicing farming with minimum tillage as a way of improving soil health and sequestering carbon, and so on," said the legislator."We now have very successful projects such as "climate-smart" villages in different parts of the country, where farmers are working in groups to produce more from small pieces of land using appropriate technologies," Ottichilo told IPS.The "smart village" is a project implemented by the research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with funding from the World Bank.

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Bihar, Haryana farmers turn ‘climate smart’ - The Indian Express

Bihar, Haryana farmers turn ‘climate smart’ - The Indian Express | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

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“With encouraging response for the climate smart villages concept, the programme would be implemented in Maharashtra in a larger scale shortly,” Pramod Aggarwal, Regional Programme Leader, CCAFS told FE He said the focus of climate smart village programme has been integrating available local knowledge on conservation technique along with global prospective on climate change mitigation. “We want more villages to adopt these techniques,” Aggarwal said.

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Neglected indigenous food crops can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition - Daily Nation Kenya

Neglected indigenous food crops can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition - Daily Nation Kenya | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The vast majority of the world’s population today relies heavily on the trio of wheat, rice and maize.
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In addition to this, East Africa faces chronic food shortages that affect millions of people in the region, and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has identified east Africa as one of the developing world’s vulnerable areas where food supplies could be worst hit by climate change.

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Serious about climate change? Talk about agriculture - CNN Global Public Square

Serious about climate change? Talk about agriculture - CNN Global Public Square | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

By Bruce Campbell, Special to CNN

 

 

Few people expected much concrete progress ahead of the ongoing international climate change talks taking place in Warsaw. Sadly, it seems the doubters were right to be skeptical as negotiators have failed to tackle one of the biggest climate challenges: changing agriculture technologies, practices and policies to make sure the world can feed itself.

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The Heat Is On for Farmers - Wall Street Journal

The Heat Is On for Farmers - Wall Street Journal | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Innovation needs to now move out of the laboratory and into the fields.
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"In the last decade, food prices have been highly erratic and we have never seen such instability before," says Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. "There are a number of causes, but an important one relates to the weather, where drought or heat hits a major food-producing region of the world.

"I think the extremes we have seen in the last few years are here to stay," he warns.

 

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IFAD social reporting blog: Call for Adaptation Knowledge Mobilization and Sharing

IFAD social reporting blog: Call for Adaptation Knowledge Mobilization and Sharing | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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“Knowledge sharing is the most crucial element of adaptation for agricultural farmers,” said Bruce Campbell, Director CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), “We need to sell the best practices and advocate for policy and regulatory changes linking scientists and communities.”

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7,000 women farmers trained - News in Nepal

7,000 women farmers trained - News in Nepal | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
7,000 women farmers trained Breaking News from Nepal, MYREPUBLICA.com - News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual News from Nepal
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The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) -- a climate change awareness program - recently conducted awareness programs on impacts of climate change on agriculture for women farmers in 75 districts. Photo: P. Casier (CGIAR)

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The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production | TIME.com

The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production | TIME.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Livestock production may have a bigger impact on the planet than anything else. A new study shows how the effects vary from country to country — and points the way toward a more sustainable future
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Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australiaand the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria produced a comprehensive assessment of the livestock industry around the world, in developed nations where factory farming is common and in developing nations where livestock are more likely to graze on grasslands. They dug up some striking statistics that underscore just how much meat production varies from region to region

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Major boost for climate change resilience in Africa - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa

Major boost for climate change resilience in Africa - SciDev.Net Sub-Saharan Africa | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new US$10 million aims to increase Africa’s capacity to adapt to climate change.
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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), UN agencies and humanitarian organisations launched the Climate Services Adaptation Programme in Africa at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland last month (21 November).


The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)  is a core partner in the program reaches smallholder farmers in the target countries of Tanzania and Malawi.

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Las dos caras del fique

Las dos caras del fique | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Mientras en Piedra Gorda, Santander, los cambios repentinos de clima tienen a sus habitantes pesimistas por el futuro de sus cultivos, en Macaregua la comunidad ha encontrado una salvación en el turismo.
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Por: Caity Peterson (CCAFS/CIAT). La casa en Piedra Gorda es como el taller de Aracne, la gran tejedora de la mitología griega. Cada miembro de la familia se dedica a alguna parte del proceso de tejido: peinar los enredos de las fibras frescas, hacer girar la cadena, enrollar las lanzaderas o manejar el propio telar gigante. Los pies del que opera el telar pedalean hacia arriba y hacia abajo, y su piel se cubre con pequeñas fibras sueltas que vuelan en el aire.

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Landscapes approach could alleviate West Africa climate change woes - AlertNet

Landscapes approach could alleviate West Africa climate change woes - AlertNet | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Farmers are trying to cope with irregular rainfall, flooding and degraded soil
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Farmers in the region are trying to cope with irregular rainfall, flooding and degraded soil, and we must recognize the potential to reduce some of the effects of climate variability and change, said Robert Zougmoré, West Africa Regional Leader with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

“The West Africa region is very poor and vulnerable to all kinds of threats,” Zougmoré said. “The greater challenge is to increase agricultural production among resource-poor farmers while taking into consideration adaptation and without exacerbating environmental health — the two new dimensions of climate change.”

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East Africa’s rapid population growth to worsen food insecurity - The Independent

East Africa’s rapid population growth to worsen food insecurity - The Independent | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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IFPRI and CCAFS launched a book series earlier this year called: East African Agriculture and Climate Change.

The book which is the result of collaboration among International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’s Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and scientists from each of the countries notes that  because climate change could exacerbate the situation; adaptation is essential for sustained economic growth in East Africa.

According to the Society for International Development’s 2012 State of East African Report, in just seven year’s time, the combined population of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is expected to reach about 240 million people.

Meanwhile the total land area occupied by the five East African Community member states remains 1.82 million sq km that also includes parts covered by water.

- See more at: http://www.independent.co.ug/news/news/8526-east-africas-rapid-population-growth-to-worsen-food-insecurity#sthash.R2YggNuc.dpufIFP

The book which is the result of collaboration among International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’s Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and scientists from each of the countries notes that  because climate change could exacerbate the situation; adaptation is essential for sustained economic growth in East Africa.

According to the Society for International Development’s 2012 State of East African Report, in just seven year’s time, the combined population of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is expected to reach about 240 million people.

Meanwhile the total land area occupied by the five East African Community member states remains 1.82 million sq km that also includes parts covered by water.

- See more at: http://www.independent.co.ug/news/news/8526-east-africas-rapid-population-growth-to-worsen-food-insecurity#sthash.R2YggNuc.dpuf

The book which is the result of collaboration among International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’s Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and scientists from each of the countries notes that  because climate change could exacerbate the situation; adaptation is essential for sustained economic growth in East Africa.

According to the Society for International Development’s 2012 State of East African Report, in just seven year’s time, the combined population of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is expected to reach about 240 million people.

Meanwhile the total land area occupied by the five East African Community member states remains 1.82 million sq km that also includes parts covered by water.

- See more at: http://www.independent.co.ug/news/news/8526-east-africas-rapid-population-growth-to-worsen-food-insecurity#sthash.R2YggNuc.dpuf
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¿En qué debe trabajar Centroamérica hacia 2050?

¿En qué debe trabajar Centroamérica hacia 2050? | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
¿En qué debe trabajar Centroamérica hacia 2050? Mercados, institucionalidad, distribución de la riqueza y recursos hidrícos son los puntos más sensibles del Istmo para la sostenibilidad social, alimentaria y climática.
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De acuerdo con el coordinador del programa CCAFS a nivel global, Joost Vervoort, más allá de proveer pronóstico, los escenarios exploran múltiples futuros plausibles y concretos para la seguridad alimentaria, medio ambiente y medios de vida. Ello, “para la prueba de políticas, inversiones e investigaciones innovadoras, que impulsen estos procesos hacia el éxito y la sostenibilidad”, aseguró.

 

CCAFS ha organizado procesos de escenarios regionales en África y Asia, donde combinan propuestas socioeconómicas de cambio, de acuerdo con los escenarios climáticos de cada lugar específico para explorar opciones de interacción y solución.

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I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers

I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A computer game wants you to map the world's cropland so farmers can get more out of each harvest.
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There's no easy way to track all of the world's crops. What's missing, among other things, is an accurate map showing where they are.

But the people behind Geo-Wiki are hoping to fix that, with a game called Cropland Capture. They're turning people like you and me into data gatherers, or citizen scientists, to help identify cropland.

 

This work was co-funded by CCAFS - the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security http://ccafs.cgiar.org

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FARMERS MUST ENGAGE IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE - Times Of Swaziland

FARMERS MUST ENGAGE IN CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE - Times Of Swaziland | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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The Director of The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Michael Hailu, and Bruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) say; “ To ensure a food secure future, farming must become climate resilient. Around the world, governments and communities are adopting innovations that are improving the lives of millions while reducing the agriculture climate footprint. Climate-smart agriculture should serve as an inspiration for future policies and investments”.  Therefore; farmers in Swaziland cannot afford to sit down and do nothing while millions of farmers in the world are reaping benefits of climate –smart agriculture. Farmers in Swaziland must stand up and tell government what kind of help they need in order to be climate change resilient.

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Climate-smart farms in EA aim to roll back climate change - The East African

Climate-smart farms in EA aim to roll back climate change - The East African | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
John Obuom, a 43-year-old farmer from Nyando Basin in western Kenya, knows very well how devastating the effects of climate change can be not only for an individual but also for a whole community.
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Mr Obuom has been able to surmount his problems, thanks to CGIAR’s Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, which trained him in modern methods of farming.

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organisations engaged in research for a food secure future. .

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Ensuring food security: Key resources - SciDev.Net

Ensuring food security: Key resources - SciDev.Net | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
From nutrition to gender issues, Michael Hoevel scans the best online resources relating to food security.
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The CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security has created an online resource, Big Facts, with calls to action, visuals, statistics and references on topics related to climate change and food security. A 2012 Montpellier Panel report, Growth with Resilience: Opportunities for African Agriculture, looks broadly at agriculture’s role in supporting green growth, food and nutrition security, ecosystem services and climate change mitigation and adaptation, among other topics.

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Q&A: Bruce Campbell on the need to focus on farming - SciDev.Net

Q&A: Bruce Campbell on the need to focus on farming - SciDev.Net | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
In this podcast, a food security expert denounces the lack of focus on agriculture in the current climate talks.
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Farmers in countries that are vulnerable to climate are severely affected by changes in temperature, erratic weather and shifting seasons caused by global warming. Local adaptation policies are important, but mostinternational aid is currently intended for mitigation.

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