Just add water: food production transformed in drought-prone Nicaragua

6 May, 2011 by (comments)

Following last week’s tantalising post about some very exciting water harvesting pilot projects in Nicaragua, today we can bring you a just-finished photofilm, documenting the work – and its potential for expansion across Central America, and beyond. The work, coordinated by FLAR, and financed by the Common Fund for Commodities, shows that farmers’ fortunes really can be transformed veryRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Two Degrees Up video series – 10,000 online hits, and rising

5 May, 2011 by (comments)

If you still haven’t seen them, the recent series of Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms, released for the launch of the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in December last year, are continuing to attract plenty of online viewers. This week they reached and breached the 10,000 hits mark. The films, jointly producedRead More …

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

Water wars? Changing climate spells trouble in East Africa

2 May, 2011 by (comments)

Rising temperatures and dwindling rainfall have caused the retreat of the northern shores of Lake Turkana from Ethiopia into Northern Kenya. As this stunning and troubling film shows, this has resulted in violent disputes between neighbouring tribes as they try ensure their access to water. Clocking in at over 16 minutes, When the water ends is pretty long forRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions

China bolsters greening strategy with new targets

29 March, 2011 by (comments)

China has increased targets for industry to reduce carbon emissions and save water, as it works towards sustaining its economic growth at a lower environmental cost. The five-year plan is to cut carbon emissions and energy intensity by 18 per cent, and water use by 30 per cent. These goals form part of the country’s international pledge to reduceRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

World Water Day: Tapping the potential of H2O

22 March, 2011 by (comments)

On World Water Day 2011, an occasion for raising awareness about the sustainable use of one of the world’s most precious resources, you can calculate your water footprint here to check if you’re a water saver or a water waster. The FAO has marked world water day by calling for greater investment in water management innovations, including improved agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

Severe drought in Uganda brings warning of famine

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Thousands of Ugandans face a humanitarian crisis as hot, dry weather seriously threatens water and food supplies in 30 per cent of the country’s territory, IRIN reports. Residents are being forced to walk long distances in search of water and crop yields are being hurt by the nine-month-long drought, caused by La Niña. Meteorologists say that expected rainfall inRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Ghana’s water-stress timebomb

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

Ghana could soon become one of the most water-stressed nations on Earth. That’s one of the findings of a new report from Ghana’s Water Research Institute, part of the West African country’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has linked the likelihood of acute water shortages to climate change. The researchers point to a possible 20% reductionRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions