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New book demonstrates impact of climate-smart agriculture in Africa

Farmers across Africa are embracing climate-smart agriculture practices, such as agroforestry, that can improve their food production in an increasingly challenging agricultural environment. Such practices also ensure gains are achieved without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Source: World Agroforestry Centre A new book by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural …

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Healthy bush beans grow on a small farm in Bungoma, Kenya, where vegetable production has been encouraged to improve local food security and farmer incomes
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Making large land initiatives in Africa work

Nearly 240 million people, or 1 in every 4 persons, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack adequate food. Record food prices and drought are pushing more people into hunger and poverty. In the face of this, we must ask, how can we build a food secure Africa? Source: Landscapes for People, …

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A farmer shows off his agroforestry farm in an upland barangay in Peñablanca, Cagayan, Philippines. Photo: Regine Joy Evangelista and Tessa Beyer (ICRAF)
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The smallholder farmers’ secret weapon: trees and their big role in climate change adaptation

Trees give small farmers a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes. Author: Regine Evangelista, World Agroforestry Centre. Source: CGIAR Development Dialogues “There is nothing we can do.” With resignation and a hint of despair, this is how resource-poor Filipino farmers responded when asked …

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Growing a high value carbon landscape: BIODEV in Burkina Faso

Can land degradation in Africa be arrested? The BIODEV programme – funded by Finland as a four year project – aims to demonstrate the multiple developmental and environmental wins that result from a high value biocarbon approach to climate change and variability in large landscapes. Author: Cathy Watson. Source: Agroforestry …

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An agroforestry parkland in Saponé, Burkina Faso. Photo: Aida Bargués Tobella/SLU
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Trees function as water harvesters in African drylands

Tree cover works well for water retention in African drylands – but the right tree density is needed for best results, and there are pitfalls in extrapolating findings  from temperate regions to tropical ones. Author: Daisy Ouya. Source: Agroforestry World Native trees that dot African dryland areas bring a welcome …

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Climate-smart agriculture global research agenda: scientific basis for action

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) addresses the challenge of meeting the growing demand for food, fibre and fuel, despite the changing climate and fewer opportunities for agricultural expansion on additional lands. Effective work in CSA will involve stakeholders, address governance issues, examine uncertainties, incorporate social benefits with technological change, and establish climate …

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