In another blow to the fading promises of industrial monoculture and biotech spokesmen, a recent study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology finds that sustainable agriculture increased yields by an average of 79% over four years.
Global comparative forest research on climate change, adaptation, production forests, indigenous groups, REDD, dry forests,food security, illegal logging, deforestation, small holder and community groups, forest governance, trade and conservation,...
A new report from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) urges farmers, governments and donors to embrace adaptation strategies despite a lack of certainty in climate predictions.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, aims to reach one million smallholder farmers in Africa by promoting sustainable agriculture and agribusiness practices, a goal it today while hosting a conference in Nairobi which brought together the private...
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George William Ouma practices climate-smart agriculture on a farm in Ugunja District, Siaya County: "Today, I have more than 1 500 banana stools of various varieties grown including Cavendish, plantain and lady finger.
A recently released Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook brings forward the need to create, and strengthen institutions in order for farmers to successfully improve their livelihoods and yields. Photo: N.
A recent paper published in Nature Climate Change points out that many communities are already facing limits to their capacity to adapt. They suggest the development of a framework to define and identify these limits, both for individuals and for communities.
One of the paper’s six authors, Richard Klein, a senior researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute and an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, explained in an email to IRIN, "For example, a farmer may no longer be able to grow enough food to sustain his or her family (e.g., due to saltwater intrusion or recurring droughts) and decide to give up farming and move to the city to become an informal worker. On the one hand, that's a form of adaptation, but from the perspective of the farmer, who would have preferred to keep farming, a limit has been reached. But from the perspective of the community or the country, food security may not be at risk so no limit has been reached.”
Re-greening—a process where African farmers manage and protect trees that grow on their farms, rather than cutting them down—is already beginning to transform the continent’s drylands. Supporting and scaling up the low-tech process can not only increase crop yields in drought-prone regions, it can mitigate climate change and reduce rural poverty.
African women walk for miles across harsh terrain to find clean water sources, planting and harvesting crops through scarcity and drought. Climatic disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, and landslides, can separate families, exposing women to human trafficking, hunger, and loss of life in a matter of moments.
Women must be an integral part of the climate change discussion in Africa, says the United Nations Initiative of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. Yet, women are rarely involved in forming climate change policies.
More than 80 percent of African women work in agriculture; approximately 95 percent of the continent relies on agriculture for its livelihood. Women are thus key figures in economic development, and should be key figures in developing preventative measures or plans for repairing the damage caused by climate change, says the U.N.
According to the U.N. website, it is “imperative that a gender analysis be applied to all actions on climate change and that gender experts are consulted in climate change processes at all levels, so that women’s and men’s specific needs and priorities are identified and addressed.”
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Unlike water erosion, tillage erosion is not strongly affected by slope length. Therefore, in hilly regions that have many changes in slope, tillage erosion can be the dominant erosive force, explains Thomas Schumacher, retired South Dakota State University plant science professor.
UN News Centre Climate change – what next after the 2C boundary? The Guardian This Friday, another frustrating round of negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ends in Bonn/Germany.