Mighty Tools for Mighty Farmers: Investing in Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovations for Smallholder Farmers

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Dr. Jim Barnhart, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development. The climate crisis is a food security crisis. Drought has killed cattle in Kenya and destroyed maize in southern Zambia. Extreme heat has damaged the wheat crop in Bangladesh and droughts and flooding following extreme storm events in 2020 damaged nearly a half million acres of staple food and cash crops across Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, with resulting losses to farmer incomes. Read More

Solutions to Climate Change’s Impact on Soil Health

Micael Beun and Wilson Leonardo, IFDC project leads in Burundi and Mozambique, outline on-the-ground solutions for helping African smallholders adapt to climate change and improve soil health. As climate change threatens agriculture and food systems around the world, its effects reach down to the ground beneath our feet. Soil health across Central and Southern Africa could suffer greatly from the increasing number of extreme climatic events – as sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most climate-vulnerable regions, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Read More

Agriculture and COP26: What Do Countries’ Climate Pledges Say About Their Food and Land Sectors?

Alessandro Caprini, Junior Consultant at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, takes stock on how countries’ various climate plans will transform their agriculture, food and land use systems – a synopsis of a recent report by the Food and Land Use Coalition which he co-authored. Agriculture, food, and land use systems lie at the heart of key climate and sustainability challenges. They are responsible for a significant share of carbon emissions, but trees and soils are also sinks that take up carbon from the atmosphere, making them central to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read More

Improving Cashew Production via Inspiring Community-Led Films

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Sheryl Cowan, Senior Vice President of Programs at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) and Jean Francois, Chief of Party of CNFA’s West Africa Cashew Project (PRO-Cashew), outline how film initiatives can be utilized to build capacity among smallholders. Married with five children, Irié Lou Tinan Rosalie lives in Gouenfla, a village within the Zuenoula department in the western part of central Côte d’Ivoire. Like most women in her village, she works with her husband to maintain and harvest the family’s four-hectare cashew plantation, even though she was never formally trained. Read More

Parametric Insurance: An Important Tool for Climate Change Adaptation

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Supriya Nigudkar, Business Development Lead at Agvesto, examines how parametric insurance policies can help farmers adapt to – and thrive in – a changing climate. Climate change is one of the most pressing global challenges facing the world today. As the impacts of climate change get more severe throughout the world, it affects the livelihoods of farmers in various ways. But with changing times and an environment that is turning volatile, the agriculture industry is in dire need of methods and support to help it stay strong and secure. Read More