Ideological stalemate over organic farming slows Central Africa food security fight

27 October, 2011 by (comments)

Experts say ‘balanced’ approach can meet region’s food needs in the face of climate change and rapid population growth The polarized debate over the use of organic and inorganic practices to boost farm yields is slowing action and widespread farmer adoption of approaches that could radically transform Africa’s food security situation, according to a group of leading international scientistsRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Climate-smart coffee in (more or less) two minutes

27 October, 2011 by (comments)

Meet Henk. He’s not just smart, he’s climate-smart. Plus, he knows a thing or two about coffee, and how farmers in Latin America and East Africa can protect their coffee crops from the expected impacts of climate change, as well as reduce their environmental footprint. ** Henk – full name Henk van Rikxoort – is a coffee scientist whoRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

War for food, war for space – the future for Central Africa?

25 October, 2011 by (comments)

When you fly into the Rwandan capital Kigali, one thing is abundantly clear: land is in short supply. Is seems as though every inch of this hilly country is under cultivation. So it is with some justification that some experts are concerned that Rwanda and neighbouring Burundi could be the epicentre of a population time-bomb. Small and landlocked, withRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Regions

Livestock insurance – a chance to outsmart drought?

24 October, 2011 by (comments)

New satellite-based scheme makes first payments to pastoralists What hits you when you get out of the truck at Ginda Village, in Northern Kenya, is the smell. Farmer Haro Sora’s land is littered with the carcasses of cattle and donkeys that have keeled over following an intense, prolonged drought. A skull here; half a ribcage there. In some placesRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Kenya: A glimpse of climate-smart agriculture

16 October, 2011 by (comments)

From “madman” to model farmer – perseverance pays off for Maurice There are many ways to describe Maurice Kwadha: farmer, entrepreneur, and climate-smart are some of them. But some in Kombewa, in western Kenya’s Nyando Basin, used to call him a madman. Once, when he was collecting discarded milk packets at the local market, he was physically attacked byRead More …

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See climate change research – as it happens

3 October, 2011 by (comments)

Don’t let the name frighten you. The Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network (AMKN) is an innovative and user-friendly way of sharing ongoing climate change research. The polysyllabic web tool, launched today, allows users to zoom-in on a world map, and pinpoint specific areas of interest to CCAFS – the CGIAR-wide program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. EmbeddedRead More …

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“Window of opportunity” for climate change adaptation

3 October, 2011 by (comments)

Good news, finally. And I don’t mean for dentists. A new compendium of research released today outlines the best options for “climate-proofing” some of the world’s most important food crops. It features significant contributions from scientists at CIAT, and the CGIAR-wide program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). While climate change means farmers will need to dealRead More …

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