Exploring the climate-conflict nexus in Sudan

Cross-post from PIM

There has been a growing interest in understanding the ways in which extreme weather events and resource scarcity may trigger conflict.

Vulnerability to both climatic and violent shocks varies across the globe and depends on various factors that usually make poor areas more likely to be affected. The Horn of Africa -the region in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with the largest concentration of pastoralists- is extremely vulnerable. This part of the African continent has experienced high conflict levels and it is prone to climatic fluctuations that can have dramatic consequences on its rural population.

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.

US and African leaders discuss challenges to build climate resilience and ensure food security

Cross-post from CCAFS blog

Arame Tall, climate-service scientists working with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) while located at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is here providing a report back from a recently held US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, and a special high-level session entitled “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

What will a new climate mean for farming?

By Cecilia Schubert, CCAFS

The climate challenges we are facing as a globe are enormous. Changing cropping patterns, new pests and diseases, land becoming unsuitable for farming and recurrent droughts and flooding are just a short list of the many dire consequences from a changing, uncompromising, climate. Research represents here an important tool, as it delivers the much needed models, future climate predictions and knowledge on best approaches towards battling climatic change.

The research magazine Nature Climate Change recently released a special edition highlighting 16 thought-provoking and original articles on current knowledge on how how climate change will impact agriculture, how agriculture is affecting the climate and if we have the capacity to adapt to the challenges. The special edition is unique in its own sense, as it is a major dive into what climate knowledge we have so far, and what is currently missing.

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