The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand. CSA initiatives sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, and reduce/remove greenhouse gases (GHGs), and require planning to address trade-offs and synergies between these three pillars: productivity, adaptation, and mitigation.
Scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Niger say that 99 percent of the media and research coverage on the fall armyworm focuses on the invasive pest’s deadly threat to maize.
And deservedly so: The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is indeed a major problem for maize—more than 40 nations in Africa, where hundreds of millions of people depend on maize, are rushing to find a solution to the pest that can travel long distances and reproduce in large numbers.
Hyderabad [18 January 2018]: Malnourished children under two in rural Malawi whose mothers were trained in diet diversity, hygiene and food safety have shown significant improvements of their nutrition and health in just three weeks. The study published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017003652), on January 17, 2018, demonstrates the rapid impact a properly designed nutrition education intervention can have.
Farming became the only option for Witness Ngwira after losing her husband. It provided food for her family. But farming too was not so viable given the erratic rainfall, lack of inputs and knowledge on improved farm practices that made it more challenging for small-scale farmers, especially women.
Not one to give up, Witness joined a local farmers’ club called Chigomezgo which partners with ICRISAT Malawi to produce pigeonpea seed.
“Last year was a drought year and the only crop we harvested was mucuna. This year we experienced water logging and again the only crop we harvested was mucuna,” says farmer Nlovu from Nkayi district in Zimbabwe.
More than 75% of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe depend on crop-livestock farming and use cereal crop residues to supplement livestock feed. The residue is low in nutrition and inadequate to maintain animal health during dry periods, affecting household nutrition and bringing down the market value of livestock.
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Hyderabad, Telangana│Gauribidanur, Karnataka, India (03 August 2016) ― Farmers in Karnataka, India are going to see a big transformation in their livelihoods and agricultural productivity. Through a new collaborative initiative, 105 villages will be developed as model villages in the first phase and targeted farmers’ incomes will be increased by 20% in one year through augmented productivity, diversification and market linkages. In all, 1000 villages will be covered under this scheme.
CGIAR institute launches rugged, inexpensive "GreenPHABLET" to support smallholder farmers with personalized advice, alerts
Planned roll-outs in India, Africa
Hyderabad, India - 29 Dec 2014 - The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) today launched the "GreenPHABLET powered by the GreenSIM" - a low-cost combination phone and tablet computer customized to improve developing world agricultural success and incomes.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (16 May 2014) – The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have joined hands to carry out Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based knowledge sharing platforms and other agricultural innovation initiatives, to improve productivity and profitability of smallholder agriculture.
Hyderabad, India (14 February 2014) – Empowering women smallholder farmers to overcome the unique hurdles they face in the semi-arid tropics, and thus securing the future of food production and the economic growth in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, was among the key messages at the Asia Regional Planning Meeting of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
Hyderabad, 29 January 2014: Over 70 smallholder farmers and seed producers from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat collectively endorsed and recognized the contribution of hybrid pigeonpea in achieving food and nutrition security, resilience and improved livelihood. The hybrids in the crop (first in world in any legume) are the results of the crop improvements efforts by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Hyderabad.
ICRISAT, ISRA, and CORAF/WECARD embark on new and dynamic collaborations to transform livelihoods of the poorest
Dakar, Senegal (09 April 2013) – Partnership is the key to overcoming poverty and food insecurity which remain as serious challenges in the dryland tropics of the world, affecting about 700 million people living on less than $2 a day.
The potential of partnership in advancing food security and poverty reduction is increasingly evident especially with new ways of agricultural research-for-development collaborations.
Dakar, Senegal (9 April 2013) – A stronger and more dynamic regional and international research-for-development partnership in agriculture is the way forward for advancing food security and poverty reduction in the drylands.
“Our agriculture must be able to feed our people, and at the same time provide solutions to the problem of unemployment in our country. Agricultural development and food security is a priority of our government, and we need your support on this more than ever,” said Prime Minister of Senegal, Abdoul Mbaye.
Strategic, high-quality international agriculture research partnerships on grain legumes and dryland cereals to help reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security in marginal environments
Hyderabad, India (7 February 2013) – With food insecurity and malnutrition persisting as the greatest challenge facing humanity in the coming decades, two grand research programs to boost food and nutrition and improve livelihoods particularly of the dryland poor were launched here yesterday by the world’s largest international agriculture research coalition.
Expanded Program Focuses on Improving Food Security and Furthering Agricultural Sustainability
Women's Day March 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
35 year old Oumou has 5 children and lives in Sadoré village in Niger. Like other women in the Sahel, she has no or very little inheritance rights, she is not allowed to own agricultural land and she has no voting rights in community matters.
Le Sahel en passe de devenir un front horticole avec des rendements estimés à près de 1.200 $ US par hectare
Niamey, Niger - L'Institut international de recherches sur les cultures dans les zones tropicales semi-arides (ICRISAT) a développé en Afrique de l'Ouest une technique innovante pour récupérer les terres agricoles très dégradées et abandonnées et leur redonner une bonne productivité.
Cette avancée est importante dans cette zone soudano-sahélienne semi-aride dont le peu de terres fertiles fait l'objet d'une surexploitation pour produire toujours plus de …
Sahel transforming into horticultural front yields valued at USD1,200 per hectare
Niamey, Niger - The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has developed an innovative technique of reclaiming severely degraded, abandoned farmlands in Western Africa successfully bring them back into profitable agricultural production.
This accomplishment is significant for the semi-arid Sudano-Sahelian region, whose few arable lands are under extreme pressure to produce more food for a growing population in the backdrop of climatic variations that threaten the …
The 15 international agricultural research institutes under the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers of the CGIAR help rural communities cope with the Asian Tsunami, the Afghan war and many other disasters in developing countries across the world.
Restoring agriculture is a critical first step in helping developing countries recover from natural disasters and conflicts.