Climate-smart agriculture is working – here’s some proof

3 December, 2011 by (comments)

If you want a quick crash course in climate-smart agriculture, this trailer will do it in 3 minutes. It was just shown at Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) – a side event at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, to introduce the day’s Learning Events, where delegates will find out the nitty gritty about howRead More …

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Fields on Fire – tackling Punjab’s burning desire

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

At around 4pm, black wisps of burnt rice straw snow down on Sangrur. Late October and early November in Punjab, India, is the time when hundreds of thousands of rice farmers, having harvested their crop, rush to clear the land and prepare for the wheat season. This means lots of fires. Over a period of about a fortnight, moreRead More …

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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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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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