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Working with farmers to climate-proof farms

July 24th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Around the world, scientists, farmers, agricultural companies and governments are struggling to make agricultural systems more ‘climate smart’, which will be necessary if they are to feed the ever-swelling global population. Some are working in the short term to make today’s farms more resilient. Others are looking further ahead to …

Rice that makes less methane

July 23rd, 2015 / New Scientist, UK

Rice agriculture is responsible for between 7 and 17 per cent of human-induced methane emissions. Sugars produced during photosynthesis leak into the soil, where they are used up by methane-producing soil microorganisms. Chuanxin Sun from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and his colleagues in China and the US have …

Makerere University sets up climate centre

July 22nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports on the establishment of a new centre, Climate Change Research and Innovations (Muccri), at one of Africa’s leading academic institutions, Makerere University.“The college is capable of building students’ capacity to reach out to farming communities affected by climate change. Mucrri intends to be the centre …

Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

African agriculture needs more of the green stuff

July 17th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change …

Drought raises fears that Africa could go to bed hungry

July 15th, 2015 / Mail and Guardian, Kenya

The World Economic Forum identifies food crises one of the biggest risks facing Africa in 2015, that governments haven’t paid enough attention to. Respondents were asked to select three global risks that they think their region is least prepared for, and food crises was ranked in second place, after unemployment …

People can reverse effects of climate change

July 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

Climate change is wreaking havoc in the countryside and as a result people’s food source has been largely disturbed. Crops resistance to diseases and pests has changed. Their maturities and yield levels too have changed just as management practices, taste, eating habits and lifestyle. Growing drought resistant crops, however, can …

Rural smallholder farmers have big potential to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint

July 10th, 2015 / IFAD

Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which is good news for the planet and for future generations. CCAFS and IFAD have released details of research on what mitigation potential smallholder farming actually has. The study finds reducing emissions may …

Why the COP-21 climate talks need to focus on agriculture

July 10th, 2015 / SciDev.net

Food systems’ high sensitivity to climate is well known. Less widely recognised is that agriculture is also a major driver of climate change. Agrifood systems — systems involved in producing, processing and transporting food — are estimated to contribute at least a quarter of global, human-caused greenhouse emissions. It is …

Negotiating hunger: agriculture and the UN climate talks

July 2nd, 2015 / Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Oxford

The current generation of farmers (and consumers) face two stark realities: the need to produce 70 percent more food to feed a growing population of 9 billion by the year 2050, and the need to do so in climatic conditions never before faced. Therefore, agriculture’s evolving role in current UNFCCC …