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05 Dec 2018 description

by Jack Durrell (ICARDA)

A new discussion paper published by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and CCAFS outlines a ‘resilience strategy.’

18 Oct 2018 description

Agriculture faces a number of challenges, including increased food demand, population growth, and climate change. If the sector is to overcome these issues, women, including their roles and perspectives, must be prioritized in rural development.

18 Oct 2018 description

Executive Summary

The impacts of a warming world are affecting food production in every corner of the globe. From shifting rainfall patterns and growing seasons, to more frequent and extreme droughts and floods, to increasingly severe pest and disease outbreaks among crops and livestock, farming as we know it is under attack.

24 Aug 2018 description


Africa will be impacted disproportionately by climate change when compared to the continent’s contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions (less than seven percent [1] Disadvantaged groups, such as women and young people, will experience the brunt of these impacts, as their ability to cope is often compromised by limited access to resources and power. 

08 Aug 2018 description

by Philip Thornton (CCAFS)

Many agricultural technologies and practices, including those qualifying as climate-smart, are not achieving their full potential impact because of low levels of adoption by farmers in developing countries. Despite successful pilot projects, uptake of new and innovative agricultural technologies and practices has often been poor, and we have still not been able to resolve problems of food insecurity and rural poverty.

17 Jun 2018 description


Policy News

  1. Setting an innovative vision for transforming agriculture and food security under climate variability and change in East Africa
    Catherine Mungai and Maren Radeny

  2. How Ethiopia’s social safety net programme leads to climate change mitigation cobenefits
    Dawit Solomon, Dominic Woolf, Lili Szilagyi and Catherine Mungai

  3. Climate services in agriculture: What are the costs and benefits of investment for Africa?
    Lili Szilagyi and Catherine Munga

25 May 2018 description

by Eisen Bernardo (CCAFS Southeast Asia)

To provide better solutions, various dimensions of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) preparedness and response in agriculture of five East Asian countries were evaluated.

23 Mar 2018 description

Water keeps us alive. We use it daily, in a myriad of ways. Some common uses are obvious, but others are harder to see, like the hidden water in our food—the water going into the vegetables and fruits on our tables. For farmers across the world, having the right amount of water for their crops can make or break their livelihoods, and ultimately decides food security at micro and macro levels.

03 Mar 2018 description

A CCAFS-commissioned review examines a variety of screening tools available to aid in the climate risk assessment of agricultural investments.

Why think about climate risks?

03 Mar 2018 description

Many success stories from East Africa prove climate-smart agriculture is the way forward to address the impacts of climate variability and change.

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is proposed as a solution to transform and reorient agricultural systems to support food security under the new realities of climate change.

13 Nov 2017 description

Lili Szilagyi and Fabian Verhage (CCAFS)

As most countries included agriculture adaptation and mitigation in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Paris Agreement, there is real need and opportunity to bring information, evidence and science into the policymaking processes.

12 Nov 2017 description

by Vivian Atakos (CIP) and Lili Szilagyi (CCAFS)

Experts explore the land and water advantage challenges around small-scale farming systems in Asia and Africa.

"Land and water are the absolute nexus of agriculture - there is no agriculture without land and water.” Theo de Jager, World Farmers' Organization.

09 Nov 2017 description

We need to reduce the constraints that women face in agriculture in order to feed more people.

Building on the momentum generated during the first day of the Agriculture Advantage event series on the sidelines of COP23 that discussed the framework for agricultural development under climate change, the second day brought in gender and social inclusion issues that must be addressed for agricultural transformation to occur.

06 Nov 2017 description

In a world made uncertain by climate variability and change, climate-informed advisory services can help smallholder farmers better manage risks and ensure means of livelihoods.

23 Oct 2017 description

Kathlee Freeman (CCAFS)

A recently published book chapter examines the current literature on mixec livestock-crop systems and offers conclusions for future research and policy.

10 Aug 2016 description

The food security of millions of people in East Africa is threatened due to climate events that shock the mainly agricultural system. Under a changing climate, these shocks will increase in severity and frequency, further destabilizing food security in the region. In the past, climate and food security forecasting systems in the region only supplied seasonal climate forecasts, consisting of three general expected rainfall categories: 'above normal', 'near normal' and 'below normal'.

13 Oct 2014 description

This manual is a resource and toolbox for NGO practitioners and programme designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programmes in the rural development context. It is meant to be an easy to use manual, increasing the research capacity, skills and knowledge of its users. Integrating gender and social differentiation frameworks should ideally begin from the start of the programme cycle and be coordinated throughout research, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation phases.