The house made from apples

15 November, 2011 by (comments)

There are no apples on the trees in Burva village at this time of the year, but the impact of apples is everywhere. Take 58-year-old Balakram Thakur. He was born and raised in this, a traditional two-storey house made from wood, mud and stone: Now he lives here – literally the next house across the road – in aRead More …

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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

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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Gender & climate change: the challenge ahead

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

Climate change will disproportionately affect women and marginalised groups, and adaptation will reinforce discrimination and inequality unless decisive action is taken, according to a report commissioned by CIAT and the Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA). Climate Change and Gender, by Valerie Nelson of the National Resources Institute at the UK’s University of Greenwich, compiles a wide range of recentRead More …

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Kenyan tea and climate change: trouble brewing

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT climate predictions redraw the map of one of the country’s most important cash crops. Thousands of smallholder farmers in Kenya could be forced to abandon tea production if new climate predictions for the country come true. New CIAT research shows that many current tea producing areas in the country face “serious” challenges in the coming years, and willRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions