Climate Smart Solutions for African Farmers : The time is now!

Cross-posted from ccafs.cgiar.org Better management of agricultural risk today can help farming systems adapt to increased weather and climate extremes in the future. More extreme floods, storms and drought. Increased outbreaks of pests and disease. And even more uncertainty about what the growing season will bring. Climate change will likely heighten these risks to agriculture, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where adaptive capacity is already weak, threatening food, farming, and livelihoods.

Building the scientific basis for climate-smart agriculture

Cross-post from IFPRI blog

Climate change is already putting food security at risk. Rising temperatures and extreme events, such as sudden droughts and floods, mean that it will be even harder to meet the growing demand for food, fiber and fuel, especially for poor countries with high population growth.

Unless immediate action is taken by policy-makers, the impacts on livelihoods will increase over the long-run, especially if agriculture expands onto wild-lands that now provide natural resources such as clean water and biodiversity.






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Analysing climate resilience within the climate-smart agriculture concept

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

Senior researcher Alex De Pinto from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently took the stage at the high-level event Building resilience for food and nutrition security arguing that making sweeping statements on which climate-smart agriculture practice is preferable to another, given a set context, is extremely difficult. De Pinto also made the case that we need start differentiate between the two terms “climate resilience building” and “climate adaptation”, especially when talking about climate-smart agriculture.

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Project: Scaling-up climate smart agriculture through policies and institutions: linking national agenda with food security

About the Project: The projects aims to scale up the concept of 'climate smart villages', being implemented by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This is being done through improved policies and innovative institutions leading to mega-programs at national and sub-national levels. It will first develop decision support tools to prioritize climate smart investment options, and then evaluate alternative policies and institutions, assess their trade-offs to meet the multiple goals, and evolve policies, programs and institutions for their implementation and up-scaling.

Project: Increasing women’s resilience to climate change

What is the challenge? In recent years there has been considerable attention to "gender and climate change," focusing particularly on the adverse impacts of climate change on women. However, these studies often lack a systematic empirical basis (beyond localized or anecdotal examples); where data are available, they too are often limited to comparison of male-headed and female-headed households. A further weakness is that many studies portray women as victims of climate change, without examining the extent to which women and men can be proactive in adapting to the adverse consequences of climate change or mitigating climate change. This study aims to address these oversights. The study will also provide information on the awareness and adoption of "Climate-Smart Agriculture practices" by men and women.

Project: Latin America and Caribbean climate change studies for the Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use sectors

What is the challenge? The Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use Change (AFOLU) sectors are important for the economies of many Latin American countries, especially for providing employment and income for poor rural people. Furthermore, the AFOLU sectors are important for their mitigation potential, as they are leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in a number of countries. What has been missing is a thorough study of the impact of climate change on the sectors, weighing climate-smart policy options that might be used to both help farmers adapt and be more resilient while mitigating climate change.

Can climate-smart agriculture also be resilient?

By Dhanush Dinesh, CCAFS

What is resilience? Why is it relevant for agriculture in a changing climate? Report back from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security’.

Resilience is the ability of individuals, communities, states and their institutions to predict, prevent, cope with, recover, and even prosper after shocks and crises. In the context of food and nutrition security, shocks such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and conflicts can affect the food and nutrition security of individuals, communities, and states.

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How to better support women wanting to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices?

By Timothy Mburu

At a recently held workshop new findings related to gender roles and responsibilities among farmers were discussed and disclosed.

The recent changes in climate is also changing gender roles among farmers, says Marther Ngigi, who was presenting preliminary findings from her PhD thesis at a gender workshop in Nairobi, Kenya a few weeks back. The workshop was organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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