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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 …

Is plant science the answer to improved food security?

June 22nd, 2015 / Earth Island Journal, US

In a world of climate change and growing global population, some researchers believe plants are key to adaptation. Nigel Taylor is attempting to genetically engineer a virus-resistant version of the plant, and is working with researchers in Uganda and Kenya, where cassava is a staple crop. Once created, this plant …

Agriculture beyond water

June 20th, 2015 / Sustainable Food Trust, UK

Drought is becoming more prevalent and causing havoc for food producers around the globe. Many regions have been hit by severe water scarcity over the past few years and this trend seems set to continue. What can be done? Read …

App connects Kenyan farmers with climate-smart seeds

June 16th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

A new app launched in Kenya could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said. The free “MbeguChoice” app is the first tool of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and was developed by a 25-year-old Kenyan …

Uganda: adapting to climate change, a toolkit for farmers

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers are set to benefit from a tool kit on how to mitigate effects of—and adapt to—climate change. The aim is to empower planners and farmers in three pilot districts—Mbarara, Wakiso and Lira—in implementing agricultural practices that respond appropriately. Read …

Saving coffee from extinction

May 24th, 2015 / BBC.co.uk

“Richer countries buy it, roast it and drink it, but have not paid for the agronomy. Only now is the industry waking up and seeing the need for it. The coffee industry has realised no-one else is doing it – it’s going to have to be us,” says Dr …

African countries urged to embrace smart agriculture

May 23rd, 2015 / Zambia Daily Mail

African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong. Read …

Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …