Ideas Marketplace

Join us at the Ideas Marketplace – a unique opportunity to learn about the concrete work that is underway to address climate change in agriculture. The marketplace highlights new ideas, practices and technologies to  a large audience live and online.

Photo: Iddy Farmer/CIFOR Using degraded land for sustainable palm oil
World Resources Institute
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The presentation will look at how decision support tools can be developed to help
evaluate current land use impacts, and the potential of degraded lands as alternatives for expansion to ensure that future agricultural developments do not damage forests or contribute to climate change

Photo: J. Hansen (CCAFS)Strengthening evidence-based climate change adaptation policies
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
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The presentation will look at how the current policy evidence gap at national and subnational level can be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach to climate change research  - integrating environmental, social and economic analysis. It will demonstrate how evidence can be generate and then leveraged to assist in the development of adaptation policies at national level.

Improving local livelihoods through REDD+ in the Kalimantan forests and climate partnership
Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership
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The presentation will focus on how the creation of sustainable rubber-based livelihoods program in Indonesia can help local communities through REDD+.  Through focused efforts to improve farming practices, build stronger value chains and through village forest management schemes, the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership is demonstrating that positive changes in land use practices can create sustainable livelihoods and protect carbon-rich areas.

Photo: Murdani Usman (CIFOR)Changing outlooks on food, fuel, fiber and forests
The Forests Dialogue
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For the world to feed its growing populations, without destroying or overtaxing natural systems, decisions about land use need to be made carefully and with the participation of all key stakeholders. The Forests Dialogue,  a platform and process for multi-stakeholder discussion and collaboration, worked with its partners in 2011 to create the “Changing Outlooks on Food, Fuel, Fibre and Forests” Initiative to achieve better, fairer and more sustainable land use decision making.

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Scaling up climate smart agriculture – a farmer-led approach
The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
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SACAU is working with other Farmers Organisations in Southern Africa to facilitate farmer led scaling up of promising Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices.  The weaknesses associated with government extension systems mean that farmers organisations and other non-state partners will have to play a more active role in taking CSA to farmers. The presentation will focus on such stakeholders can become more involved.

Photo: F. Fiondella (IRI)Climate services to support farmer decision-making under a changing climate
International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
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A number of initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have developed innovative approaches to overcome the challenges of farmers’ access to and utilization climate information and risk management options in agriculture.  National agrometeorological advisory services have been able to reach a significant proportion of their farming population on a sustained basis with combinations of monitored information, short-term weather forecasts and management recommendations. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is supporting studies of agrometeorological advisory services in India and Mali in order to provide evidence of the use and benefits of the information and advisories at the village level, as well as insights about how aspects of the program have contributed to its uptake, impact and sustainability.

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Planning for climate-smart agricultural landscapes: The case of Kenya’s Kericho-Mau landscape
EcoAgriculture Partners & The Rainforest Alliance
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Rainforest Alliance and EcoAgriculture Partners will present a participatory assessment tool developed to help align disparate actors and finance sources to translate climate-smart landscape concepts to reality in rural landscapes around the world. Piloting the tool within the tea-dominated Kericho-Mau landscape in western Kenya demonstrated its utility in assessing current climate-smart activities and identifying gaps and future priorities for action.

Photo: CIFORBamboo household energy for Africa
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
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The presentation will focus on how the use of bamboo can help support sustainable livelihoods and food security through renewable biomass. It will highlight how the introduction of bamboo charcoal offers innovative opportunities for Africa’s deforestation and climate change challenges

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Establish a smallholder-centered global organic research platform
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
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IFOAM will present on a research platform to help scale up low-cost, farmer centered solutions for resilient land and livelihoods.

  • Felix A. Velasquez December 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Bamboo being the fastest growing plant on the planet, could immensely sequester atmospheric carbon, enhance environmental sanitation and ecosystem balance, improve ground water quality
    while at the same time provide sustained clean and green fuel if used as feedstock to co-fire fossil coal fired power plants to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emission. Considering the scarcity of wood and the declining forests globally, bamboo could also augment the scarcity or supply of wood as raw material. The Philippine National greening program has considered bamboo as a good alternative as reforestation and aforesatation material hence should therefore consider use of bamboo as alternative to timber specially in countries where there had been massive deforestation such as the Philippines where there is not at present a total log ban. Besides, by planting a tree we then have to wait for it to mature in 8 to 12 years and compared to bamboo would glaringly show the importance of bamboo which matures in about 5 years and due to its well develop fast growth and well developed root system (rhyzome) such that two to three poles of bamboo could be harvested annually starting on the 6th year whereas planting a tree could only yield a tree after its maturity of over 10 to 12 years. In other countries, such as Australia, the Jarra and other hard woods are harvested after 100 years or more hence what we can plant this year can be only be utilized after the next two generations. Whereas if bamboo is planted, what we plant this year 2012 can provide sustained harvest starting on year 2018 onwards at the rate of two to three poles harvested annually thereafter. Moreover, wood products could be substituted with bamboo as raw materials and with equal if not better durability and quality of finished products thus innovative architects, engineers and urban planners are considering seriously the use of bamboo.
    Felix A. Velasquez, mm, mnsa. Director, Business Development, Bataan Mfg Co., Inc. Manila Philippines, Zip 1013 Director & Business Manager, Bamboo Network of the Philippines.

  • Yannick Kuehl December 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Thank you very much for your comments. We appreciate and value your support. With your inputs we will be able to take this further. Please stay updated on new developments on our website (

  • kbn rayana December 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    the Agriculture under agro forestry/plantations sequester of co2 from atmosphere and can save the climate change. This was already submitted to GHGT conferences held in diff. places of world. I have submitted papers with simulation of the such plants to control industrail pollution in the Cement and steel industry etc. Therefore ignore by UN may have to raise a question. However UN climate changes address it. but most importantly it needs special address which will adverse to the political situations in the developing country/s. However the food production cannot change, but more risk factor to be applied than a simple approach of farming carried by the 70-80 population of developing countries which employ the population in the Agriculture sector. In India agriculture is not a recognized sector unlike industry. however it secure food and contribute 2/3 GDP of the country. That is how india success in Transition. We noted under this phase on global research of transitional countries economy…>> Agro-economy is super economy under Transitional economy<< eg..India.

    Therefore it is necessary to consider as one of the main aspect.

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