Crop production will have to double by 2050 to fulfill the needs of a growing and increasingly affluent population. Meeting this challenge will be difficult but not impossible, according to the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.
In our RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR urged to support the wide range of options currently available to restore and better manage degraded environments and ecosystems. CGIAR calls to scale out these options and encourages the adoption through community-designed programs.
We interviewed three senior CGIAR staff to get practical examples of their work in “ecosystems on the edge”: William Dar (Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics - ICRISAT), Mahmoud Solh (Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas – ICARDA) and Bruce Campbell (Director, The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - CCAFS).
Guest blog by Bruce Campbell, Director of CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). One billion people eat too little. One billion others eat too much. One-third of all food harvested around the world is lost or wasted. Our global ...
All the environment groups here have been going around saying that from a green perspective, Rio's been a failure. I'm not sure why, seeing as governments have promised to stop carbon dioxide emissions immediately.
Bioversity International, a center of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) helps farmers to rediscover old local varieties of crops as part of their new project, reports Alertnet...
Hyderabad: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have called to adapt new measures to tackle growing climate related risks and constraints that prevail in rural areas.
BONN, Germany — The advances made in U.N. climate talks last year appeared at risk Thursday as a rift between rich and poor countries reopened in negotiations aimed at crafting a global pact to stop the planet from overheating. Photo: C. Schubert.
Britain will help millions of small farms and communities adapt to potentially devastating changes in the climate and pull themselves out of poverty, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the Rio+20 Earth Summit today.
Over six million smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries across the world will receive extra support as a result of Britain’s help. Farmers will be supported to build their resilience to extreme weather with measures such as flood proofing roads and storage facilities, improving weather reporting and switching to climate-proof crops that are heat, drought or salt tolerant. [Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)]
The recent United Nations conference on sustainable development, commonly known as Rio+20, was so lacking in hard targets and enforceable goals that some participants were derisively calling it "Rio Minus 20."
In our RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR called for a strengthening and support of local food production groups, livestock herders and smallholder farmers by investing in agricultural research, strengthening land and water rights, increasing access to markets, finance and insurance, and enhancing local capacity, especially with regard to the use of local agricultural biodiversity.
We talked to three people about their work with smallholder farmers and herders: Ruben Echeverria (Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT), Steve Staal (acting Deputy Director General Research, International Livestock Research Institute – ILRI) and Roberto Quiroz (Project Leader, International Potato Center- CIP).
If you looked around in Rio this week, you saw where the action really is — local and national governments, companies, NGOs, labor unions finding ways to get on with it, says Jim Leape, director general of WWF International.
A look at farming systems in the country's Mount Kenya region, and innovative ways for small farmers to adapt to the problem of water stress, compounded by rising temperatures and unpredictable rain. This video is part of the Two Degrees Up series to mark the launch of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS), which aims to help small farmers adapt to climate change.
The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human wellbeing, summarizes the Global Environment Outlook report (GEO) that reviews the state, trends and outlook of the global environment. The report is coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and several researchers at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have provided valuable input to the fifth edition of the report. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)
COLOMBO, Jun 5 (IPS) - When it comes to expressing the threat to food security posed by changing climate patterns and extreme weather events in Asia and the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) does not mince its words."The greatest threat to food security is climate change," the Bank said in a 45-page report, ‘Food Security and Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: Key Challenges and Policy Issues', released late last month.
The poorest societies may be more able to adapt to the threat climate change poses to food supplies than their slightly richer peers, a new study suggests. 'It turns out that the very poor and the relatively wealthy are less vulnerable than the group in the middle,' says Dr Evan Fraser, a researcher specialising in food production and its relation to social and economic conditions who works both in the geography department of the University of Guelph in Canada, and at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.
Without the revolution in Brazil’s cerrado and the transformation of inefficient collective and state farms after the fall of communism, it is hard to imagine how the cities of Asia and Africa would have been fed. That raises disturbing questions about the future. The dramatic increase in imports in Asia and the Middle East and Africa seems certain to continue.
Human use of water contributes markedly to rising tides. A team of researchers reports in Nature Geoscience that land-based water storage could account for 0.77 millimetres per year, or 42%, of the observed sea-level rise between 1961 and 2003. Of that amount, the extraction of groundwater for irrigation and home and industrial use, with subsequent run-off to rivers and eventually to the oceans, represents the bulk of the contribution.
This report proposes a national framework concept for Nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in line with the Indonesian National Action Plan for GHG emission reduction (RAN-GRK). Herein, it describes important elements such as government and process, technical input, NAMA planning, NAMA development, UNFCCC reporting and stakeholder involvment. Further, it characterizes the main steps to be taken in the five most relevant sectors in Indonesia: the land-based sector, Industry, power, transport and waste.