“Rambo root” could beat climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February, 2012 by (comments)
Yuca Rambo

Cassava expected to “enjoy” climate change – could produce more food for millions of people A traditional root crop long neglected by modern science could be the best bet for farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to beat climate change, according to a new study by a team of climate scientists. The research, published in a special edition of the scientificRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en

Climate change and the “U word” …continued

26 February, 2012 by (comments)

This piece in Scientific American takes a closer look at last week’s news (and here) about the role of computer models in predicting the effects of climate change on agriculture, following three new reports from the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program. In this article, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis explains the “Two Degrees Up” principle, andRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Climate change, supermodels and uncertainty

21 February, 2012 by (comments)

Accurately predicting tomorrow’s weather is notoriously difficult. So what are we to make of climate change studies that make predictions for 50 years’ time? According to three new reports from the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, the models commonly used for predicting future climates were pretty wide of the mark when they were testedRead More …

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Climate change to ruin Valentine’s Day?

13 February, 2012 by (comments)

CIAT’s 2011 study into the possible effects of climate change on the production of cocoa – the key raw ingredient in chocolate  – seems to pop up everywhere these days. It got a mention in this piece from last Friday’s LA Times, along with a report from Climate Nexus which suggests the 30% slump in sugarcane production in IndonesiaRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Regions