Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) promises to increase resilience to climate change, enhance productivity and profitability and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To achieve large-scale transition from traditional agricultural practices to CSA, a mentality shift by businesses and individuals, as well as accelerated mobilization of private capital will be essential. The public sector has the power to shape the enabling environment to appropriately incentivize scaled-up investment in CSA.
Every year millions of farmers and their families across the globe face severe risks that threaten not only their livelihoods, but their survival. Climate change and its resulting weather extremes and abnormalities are increasingly stacking the odds against those who have the most to lose.
During the 2015 rainy season, Fatoumata Ouedraogo was called away from her village for weeks to care for a sick relative. When she returned, the planting season was already underway. If she did not plant quickly, she would risk not having a large enough harvest to feed her family. Looking for a solution, she went to talk to her neighbor, Amidou Ouedraogo, who had been trained in conservation farming techniques through a project funded by Feed the Future and others. Amidou was supporting and training a group of 20 farmers eager to try the conservation farming techniques.
Every day in Tanzania, truckloads of grain make their way across the country’s many agricultural trade routes, transporting crops to market. Just three miles off a highway to Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city, sits the village of Ndurugumi, where smallholder farmers struggle to eke out a living despite their proximity to one of Tanzania’s most important grain market routes.
Climate change is a global problem, but a recent study estimates Cambodia is at greater risk than many other countries. By 2025, the country could see an increase of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit in average temperatures and 13 to 35 percent more rainfall during the wet season. Climate change is already increasing extreme weather events, such as rainy season flooding and dry season droughts, severely threatening the country’s food security.
International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways OPIC-supported projects are helping the world’s women.
USAID/Guatemala’s Climate, Nature and Communities in Guatemala (CNCG) Program is piloting a project to promote climate-smart agricultural practices in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. These practices, which are part of CNCG’s broader strategy to increase the resilience of communities, producers and government institutions, promote the resilience of agricultural systems while bolstering food security and livelihoods.
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. To respond to the consequently greater food demand, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that food production must increase by at least 60 percent. Meanwhile, rising temperatures and the increased frequency of extreme weather events are directly affecting agriculture and reducing the ability of countries around the world to meet this global food security challenge.
In Zambia, the majority of the population engages in subsistence farming. Working across several Feed the Future-funded projects, Peace Corps Volunteers are training Zambians in conservation and climate-smart agriculture techniques. Here are the stories of three volunteers who are working with local community members to increase food security and mitigate the adverse effects of nutrient mining, soil erosion and poor water management.
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This post was written byJerome Bossuet of ICRISAT leading up to the World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification on June 17.
At 3,500 meters above sea level, the Yewol watershed in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands offers stunning mountainous landscape but harsh conditions for farming. “Four years ago, this land was a disaster; I could barely grow my barley. Our fields were feeding the Nile down in the valley” says Ali Ahmed, a farmer living in the watershed whose farm soils were being eroded away.
Today, delivering on a major commitment announced by President Obama at the UN Climate Summit in New York last September, the Administration is announcing the launch of an international public-private partnership to empower developing nations to boost their own climate resilience. The partnership, Climate Services for Resilient Development, will provide needed climate services – including actionable science, data, information, tools, and training – to developing countries that are working to strengthen their national resilience to the impacts of climate change.
We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
May 15, 2015
The relationship between livestock and climate change has been discussed for years. Livestock contribute both directly and indirectly to climate change through the emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.
Beijing, China, 12 November 2014
The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The seriousness of the challenge calls upon the two sides to work constructively together for the common good.
The responsibility of the Department of Defense is the security of our country. That requires thinking ahead and planning for a wide range of contingencies.
In Bangladesh, smallholder farmers are facing more extreme weather shocks and depleted soil, which can lead to devastating crop losses and reduced agricultural productivity. But with newly developed stress-tolerant rice varieties, rural poor farm households have been able to adapt to these new realities and overcome some of the challenges to rice production.
As populations grow and agricultural seasons shift, insights into historical climate patterns are helping forecast future conditions with increasing accuracy and geographical precision.