CCAFS Annual Report Highlights Progress on Climate-Smart Agriculture
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'Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report' of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) shows how science provided by the Program and its partners informs initiatives to enhance the resilience of farmers to climate impacts while helping them to reduce emissions in support of national activities and plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

CGIAR CCAFS30 June 2016: ‘Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report’ of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) shows how science provided by the Program and its partners informs initiatives to enhance the resilience of farmers to climate impacts while helping them to reduce emissions in support of national activities and plans under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The report provides examples and stories describing CCAFS’ work in 2015 in different areas. With regard to impacts through policies and partnerships, the report highlights that CCAFS provided support to nine national and 23 sub-national initiatives, many of which reached thousands of farmers through “scaling out climate-smart agriculture” in hundreds of villages. Other projects aimed to build capacity of farmers with regard to accessing and using information and communication services to improve decision making about crop, livestock and other livelihood practices, in line with seasonal forecasts.

The report also notes that “breakthrough science and innovation,” such as goat breeds or bean varieties adapted to the impacts of climate change can address interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture. The final section of the report outlines research and training activities aimed at understanding and transforming gender dynamics in the face of climate change and harnessing local knowledge.

Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS is a collaborative research program with the participation of the 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium. It aims to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration with Future Earth and other partners. The Program focuses research on: climate-smart agriculture practices; climate risk management; low emissions agriculture; gender and social inclusion; and policies and institutions. [Publication: Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report] [CCAFS Press Release]

 

 

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