LEDS Modelling Workshop – Adapting IFPRI tools and methodologies to the Colombian policy context

cross post from Globalfutures.cgiar.org by Daniel Mason-D’Croz Bogota, Colombia A workshop dedicated to presenting tools developed at IFPRI and their potential for use in Colombia was given with the participation and collaboration of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development (MADR), the CGIAR Program for Climate Change and Food Security (CCAFS), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). During this workshop, three researchers from IFPRI presented models used in the Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS) project studying the potential effects of land-use change in Colombia.

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.

Future scenario development now added to Cambodia’s policy landscape

Cross-post from CCAFS

Today, Cambodia’s Climate Change Priorities Action Plan for Agriculture (CCPAP) features a scenario-guided priority-setting for Cambodia in the face of climate change, and a strong focus on climate-smart agriculture. In the plan, key practices and financial allocations have been set up to translate those words into actions.

New paper analyses country strategies that reduce drought-related risks for farmers

By Nicola Cenacchi, IFPRI

Droughts are a common occurrence worldwide, but major concerns are growing over their long-term disruption to global agricultural production. This year alone, droughts have damaged the coffee industry in Brazil and caused the death of hundreds of cattle, and losses to staple crops in Central America, triggering food shortages, higher prices, and ultimately threatening the food security of poor households across the region.

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks – UPDATED

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks - Organized by IFPRI and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs “We have a broken food system today… Climate change is simply a threat-intensifier; it is making what is already perilous even more difficult.” - Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change with the World Bank   Featuring high level speakers and perspectives on climate change, this IFPRI event is available to watch here. Further IFPRI analysis of the event is available here.      

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.

New climate change report shows innovative tool to measure value of climate services for farmers

By Arame Tall

Climate information can be a powerful tool in helping rural communities adapt to climate risk. But not all information is created equal, nor is access to information equal. To better understand the value of climate information in these communities, researchers started out by asking: does climate information matter to women farmers? The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in conjunction with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and CGIAR Centers, has been engaging in projects to deliver climate services to smallholder farmers across Africa and South Asia.

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