Featured originally on CCAFS: CGIAR Commits to Help 500 Million Farmers around the World Prevent Climate Change from Causing a Global Food Crisis

Leading agricultural research partnership pledges to bring “climate-smart” agricultural innovations to half a billion vulnerable farmers over 15 years

NEW YORK, USA (23 September 2014) — In a sign of rising concern that climate change could disrupt food production around the world, CGIAR—a global consortium involving 15 agricultural research centers, thousands of scientists, and hundreds of partners—announced today it will invest at least 60 percent of its budget in helping 500 million farmers adapt to more stressful growing conditions.

The announcement came at the UN Climate Summit 2014 and accompanied the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The Alliance is a voluntary partnership of governments, researchers, civil society organizations, businesses, and farmer organizations committed to strengthening global food and nutrition security, improving resilience to climate change, and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture. CGIAR is a founding member of the Alliance and a key partner in several of its related initiatives.

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Ethiopian farmer plowing field with oxen © 2009 David Spielman/IFPRI

Ethiopian farmer plowing field with oxen © 2009 David Spielman/IFPRI