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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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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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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New commitments from poorer countries to stem climate change

23 March, 2011 by (comments)

An impressive dossier of pledges from developing nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions has just been released by the United Nations, Bloomsberg Businessweek reports. The proposals include Mongolia embracing solar power, Costa Rica becoming carbon neutral, and the Central Africa Republic expanding its forests. They follow on from the agreements reached at the 2010 Cancun climate conference (COP16), and in manyRead More …

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Deforestation ban could cost farmers billions

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

A complete ban on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean could cost farmers in the region more than US$12 billion over the next two decades, according to a new study from the Inter-American Development Bank. While a ban would play a key role in stabilising world greenhouse gas emissions, it would come at significant cost to smallholder farmersRead More …

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Colombia faces multiple challenges in climate change adaptation

5 August, 2009 by (comments)

After another busy day at the National Dialogue about Climate Change event in Bogota, Colombia, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis provides a round-up. Today we presented our report on the priorities and opportunities for adaptation to climate change in Colombia. Our report looks at the importance of agriculture in the national economy, and attempts to identify some of the major vulnerabilities.Read More …

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