Frustration present at Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day

Moderator Linidiwe Sibanda expressed her frustration on agriculture not being considered vital enough for a work program at multiple times at the Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5. The ALL5 Day was recently held in Qatar, in parallel with the climate conference COP18, gathering hundreds of participants, both online and on site.

She declared passionately that the mantra “No agriculture, No deal!” is still very much on. Continue reading

Impending food crisis not incentive enough for climate negotiators

By Cecilia Schubert

We are facing one of the largest challenges yet – feeding 230,000 additional human beings every day, under a changing climate. According to Robert Carlson of the World Farmers’ Organisation, the United Nations has never before been faced with such a critical and enormous challenge.

But despite the impending crisis, the COP18 still hasn’t delivered anything concrete on agriculture. At least not yet.

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Dry lands under a changing climate – waiting for bad to get worse?

Compilation of stories by Clare Pedrick

Changing climate patterns will affect people farming in all ecosystems. But those living in dry areas will face more acute challenges. Many times these are countries already suffering from high poverty levels due to poor land and water availability, problems which will be made worse by climate change, with erratic rainfall, more frequent droughts, extreme temperatures, shifting climatic zones and the arrival of new crop pests and diseases. Of all the problems facing dry lands water is the common denominator – ever-present and affecting all aspects of food production on these lands. Continue reading

Taking action for agriculture: Countdown to Doha

Getting agriculture onto the official climate change policy agenda has been a long and sometimes tedious struggle. Right now the talks have moved past questions of whether agriculture should be on the agenda, towards negotiating how it can help achieve mitigation and adaptation goals.  This is considered a success in many people’s eyes. But there is still more that needs to be done in order to ensure agriculture receives the attention and support it deserves. Continue reading

Food Security Links Us All

The challenges and opportunities facing our farms, food and health are global – no longer delineated between “developed” and “developing” countries. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)


Australia, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, France, UK, USA, Mexico, Brazil – what do these countries have in common?

Quite a lot, according to their 13 Commissioners who today release the summary report Achieving food security in the face of climate change.  The Commissioners, all high-level scientists who are well linked to policy processes, have spent the past nine months reviewing the evidence on what actions have the best chance of creating the agriculture and food supplies we need in the coming years of rapidly changing climates, demographics and dietary preferences.

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Water, Food Security and Climate Change: Not Putting all your Eggs into one Basket

Blog post by: Michael Victor, CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food, Communication Coordinator.

Photo: Tuppy Mcintosh

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to some Lao colleagues about the CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food’s Learning Event on Rainwater management at ARDD and the concept of climate smart agriculture. While the term is difficult to translate, the definition is quite simple. Essentially, it means tackling climate-change while producing more food for a growing population. Continue reading

Putting Science into Action for Climate-Smart Agriculture

This blog post first appeared on the CCAFS blog on October 28, 2011.

Discussing Climate-Smart Agriculture in Ede, Netherlands. Photo: C. Schubert (CCAFS)

The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture wrapped up three intensive days focused on deepening understanding of the climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept. The event, held in Ede, the Netherlands brought together researchers  from around the world to share best practices on the ground. Together, they worked to identify key priorities for further knowledge development as well as ways to effectively implement known solutions. The participants ranged from scientists, non-governmental organizations, farmer’s associations to ministry representatives and universities. Continue reading