By Robert Jordan, IFOAM
Why are the farmers not being listened to? Farmers in drylands already have many coping strategies. The global organic movement have members in drylands whose community and ecosystem based interventions are regenerating the lands and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers and food producers. Continue reading
by Sun Yinhong
Access to energy is key to eradicating poverty and ensuring food security. Rural communities need energy for a variety of purposes including cooking, lighting, heating, and powering farm and other production tools and equipment. For these communities, biogas from human and animal waste offers a low-cost energy solution and eases the burden on women who spend long and hard hard hours collecting firewood. And there are added benefits: biogas stoves produce fewer harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and by providing an alternative to timber, also reduces pressure on forests and reduces associated emissions from deforestation. Continue reading
by Giacomo Rambaldi
In Chad, the Fulani-Mbororo herdspeople have struggled to manage their herds under increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.
On the one hand, the Mbororo people have a deep understanding passed down through generations of their land and its climate conditions. They know how to read the signs offered by nature.
Scientists, on the other hand, hold the key to interpreting the impacts of the latest research. If these two groups could come together and pool their combined expertise, perhaps the M’bororo people could maintain their traditional way of life and the scientists would gain from a more profound understanding of the areas. Continue reading
By Arame Tall and Caity Peterson
Smallholder farmers are an extraordinarily adaptive bunch. They are well aware of changes occurring in their environment and usually take quick steps to accommodate them, or even benefit from them if they can. However, the increasing unpredictability of climate patterns and the rapid pace of change are becoming overwhelming; traditional knowledge and coping mechanisms often can’t keep up. Continue reading
by Rachel Friedman, Ecoagriculture Partners
As the year comes toward a close – after record high temperatures, drought, and storms – it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore agriculture’s importance both in mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts. And at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, this year may be the one for agricultural landscapes. Continue reading
Although the outcomes from Durban do not go far enough to hold global temperatures at a two-degree warmer world, nor is there sufficient finance or appropriate mechanisms in place to tackle the major adaptation challenges faced by least developed countries, at least there were some outcomes that may eventually help poor farmers deal with climate change.
Now you can re-visit some of the top stories from Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2011, including the climate-smart agriculture success stories highlighted in our learning events, keynotes and plenaries, and media coverage.
Here’s a rundown of summary blogs and presentations from the day’s learning events:
by Vanessa Meadu, CCAFS
After a grueling two weeks of negotiations, where it looked at times like climate talks might be deadlocked, world leaders on Sunday agreed to a number of decisions including the Durban Platform, which contain some provisions for adaptation, progress on a green climate fund, and a deadline for governments to adopt a new universal legal agreement on climate change by 2015.
Regrettably, the outcomes from Durban do not go far enough to hold global temperatures at a two-degree warmer world, nor is there sufficient finance or appropriate mechanisms in place to tackle the major adaptation challenges faced by least developed countries. But at least there were some outcomes that may eventually help poor farmers deal with climate change, which threatens food security among the most vulnerable. Continue reading
by Caitlin Corner-Dolloff, Oxford ECI
Farmers, researchers, and government officials alike recognize that adaptation to climate change must take place now. But how can this be done most effectively? It was clear from the ARDD learning event on lessons from the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) program, funded by the Canada’s IDRC and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), that one of the biggest challenges is the need for climate change adaptation solutions to be context specific. A one size fits all approach to policy will not work. This has led many researchers, practitioners and funders to focus on local participatory approaches to adaptation planning and building adaptive capacity.
Why is local participation so important? Continue reading
The two main questions posed by moderator extraordinaire Matthew Wyatt of DFID, were simple. Can smallholders offer climate-smart products? Will consumers pay for them? He led a lively and focused discussion – thanks Matthew!