…As HarvestPlus announces Nutritious Food Fair in Lagos
Efforts to address malnutrition in Nigeria require both collective and political will, a coalition of nutrition advocates led by HarvestPlus have said.
At a gathering in Lagos to announce the 2018 Nutritious Food Fair, the Country Manager for HarvestPlus, Mr Paul Ilona said urgent and coordinated efforts were needed to improve nutrition and end the 450 billion naira annual losses in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) caused by malnutrition in Nigeria.
Extreme weather events, made more severe and frequent by climate change, are fast becoming the new normal worldwide. These disasters kill more people and damage more property today than terrorism.
by Sylvia Pineda
Jul 5, 2018 by Renz Louie Celeridad (World Agroforestry Centre)
Farmer-to-farmer communication might be the best way to scale climate-smart agriculture.
This publication showcases some of the indigenous and research-derived climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices (CSA T&P) developed and tested in My Loi Climate-Smart Village in Vietnam. Prepared by the World Agroforestry Centre Vietnam, four CSA T&Ps were identified for scaling, such as: orange-based agroforestry system, black pepper home garden, acacia-based agroforestry system, and vermiculture.
The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept reflects an ambition to improve the integration of agricultural 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.
by Maria Eliza Villarino | May 15, 2018
It’s a sight no rice farmer in Colombia or elsewhere in Latin America would like to see: stunted rice plants with bleached white leaves. These are classic symptoms of a disease arising from the devastating rice hoja blanca virus (RHBV)
If left unchecked, the disease can wipe out up to 70 percent of rice production. Pesticides have proven ineffective to stop it; thus, the only effective way to control the disease is to plant an RHBV-resistant variety.
Maximizing the potential of legumes so these climate-smart plants can contribute more significantly to human and environmental well-being will depend on bridging the yield gap – which against a backdrop of rapid climate change could grow even wider over the coming years. Drought, rising temperatures and the threat of pests and disease place a significant constraint on yields which small holder farmers, in particular, may struggle to overcome.
This brief describes the implementation of index-based flood insurance (IBFI) in countries with large smallhold farming communities to insure farmers against flood losses. The brief outlines the objectives of the IBFI scheme in Bihar, India and identifies key challenges and recommendations.
In order to reach the most vulnerable, decision makers and those involved in insurance schemes could:
ensure a thorough understanding of the socio-economic context in which insurance schemes are implemented and identify which social factors create vulnerabilities.
provide farmers, especially those who are illiterate or particularly vulnerable, with adequate information and training on the most suitable insurance products and how to make best use of them.
By: Sylvia Pineda.
Edition: José Antonio Arana.
The digital transformation of economies and societies in recent years has opened new, important possibilities for agriculture. In this context, we see the emergence of CGIAR’s Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, which aims to positively transform agricultural research, helping to generate powerful data management innovations that can revolutionize agriculture in developing countries.
by Madelline Romero
Researchers from eight Asian countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam – gathered on December 12-13, 2017 in Haikou City, China, to form the Asian Forage Legumes Network.
This is in response to the increasing pressure for farming systems in Asia to produce more without causing further harm to the environment.
We are pleased to share the report, Second Advance Estimate of 2017 Paddy Production in Nepal using the CCAFS Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT).
This is the final advance estimate of paddy production for the 2017 season.
This is post is part of our climate campaign in Africa. The story has appeared in several news outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times and others.
Earlier this year, South Sudan fell victim to the first famine declared since 2011. Almost six million people are still at risk of starvation. Over 1 million displaced Sudanese are migrating to neighbouring northern Uganda, where they stay in camps for internally displaced people fleeing conflict.
Although there is renewed interest in indigenous rainwater harvesting, traditional practices and technologies are rarely suitable or feasible. ICARDA is promoting a practical and cost-effective alternative that combines indigenous knowledge with mechanization to enhance effectiveness and strengthen resilience.
by Georgina Smith
Women play an important role in rural agriculture. This International Day of Rural Women, we visit two farmers in Ethiopia who are transforming their rural livelihoods and making a difference in their communities.
By Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization
MONTPELLIER, France , Oct 11 2017 (IPS) - We are at a moment of huge opportunity in the world’s food system. We can continue on our current trajectory of consuming too little, too much, or the wrong type of food at an unsustainable cost to the environment, health care and political stability. Or we can change course. Fixing the food system will help solve humanity’s greatest challenges – creating jobs, reducing emissions, and improving health.
por Diana Carolina Giraldo (CIAT)
Como divulgar con éxito información de clima con usuarios en Guatemala
by Diana Carolina Giraldo (CIAT)
How to succeed in communicating climate information with users in Guatemala
This brief summarized the baseline survey and the testing of different agro-advisories conducted in the Agro-Climate Information Services for women and ethnic minority farmers in South-East Asia (ACIS) project sites: Dien Bien and Ha Tinh provinces in Vietnam. The baseline survey gathered information on diverse aspects of livelihoods, food security, climate hazards and impacts, as well as access to and quality of weather and agricultural information.