October 17, 2016
From 7 November until 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco
On 5 October 2016, the threshold was reached for entry into force of the Paris Agreement. This makes COP 22 particularly significant. CTA staff will be involved in several of the events on the sidelines of this COP, including Adaptation of African Agriculture: From Science to Action, which is being co-organised with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Morocco’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) on Sunday 13 November 2016. The event will discuss Adaptation of African Agriculture, an initiative the Moroccan government launched to transform agriculture in Africa to respond to climate change.
Every 16 October since 1979, World Food Day has been an occasion to focus on what is most important in the never-ending task of feeding the world. In 2016, a year that is shaping up to be far and away the hottest on record, that focus is especially sharp. The day’s theme leaves no room for doubt: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
CTA’s flagship project in Southern Africa seeks to promote the scaling up of four specific proven climate-resistant solutions for cereal and livestock farmers: drought-tolerant seeds, improved climate information services, diversified options for livestock farmers, and innovative weather-based insurance for crops and livestock.
Climate impacts in the Pacific Islands – which rely on fishing and small-scale farming for sustenance – are set to intensify pressure on this region’s food security, according to a new report published today on World Oceans Day. But innovative, participatory approaches may help policy makers navigate possible future scenarios in order to develop the right policy responses.