Impact Stories

Climate-proofing pastoralism in Eastern Africa

An increase in the frequency and severity of droughts, coupled with unpredictable weather patterns, is threatening the survival of some 20 million livestock keepers in Eastern Africa.

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Farming by Phone to keep up with the Climate

A project known as MUIIS (Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Services), led by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), links farmers to satellite-based services that help them to increase crop yields. Tips and instructions sent to mobile devices get as specific as ‘spread fertilizer between 5 pm and 7 pm’ or ‘winds expected at 3 pm’. Something farmers say have increased crop yields and contributed to food security.

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Blog articles

Aggregating indigenous and scientific knowledge for better climate adaptation

Climate change poses a major threat to the food security of rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where the environment is already severe. The vulnerability of rural communities in the region is particularly acute due to their dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources. To improve the adaptive capacity of farmers in SSA and help protect their livelihoods, it is essential that all of the climate information available is harnessed to help anticipate and respond to climate risks, such as drought or flooding.

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Can Climate Smart Agriculture work for Nutrition?

Eating and drinking well has become of more value and importance to many people today, with a lot of research showing us which foods put us most at risk and which ones may lower our risk of disease. Researchers are looking to better understand how nutrition in agriculture is of importance in a changing climate.

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Whatever the cost, I will not go back to the office

Confident about what she was about to share with the participants, Mrs. Peris W. Njenga walked to the front of the room and greeted the team with an infectious smile. She had come to share on how climate change had affected farmers and particularly female dairy farmers. This was at a Programme design workshop on gender sensitive climate smart agriculture in Eastern Africa, organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Better seed to fight climate change in West Africa

Farmers need all the support they can get to fight the adverse impacts of climate change and extreme weather conditions that are becoming more frequent. Outputs of maize and groundnut – two key crops for West African food security – could be greatly increased by better farmer access to improved seed, supported by good agricultural practices. Varieties developed by research institutes offer higher yields and stronger resistance to challenges related to climate change, such as drought.

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Satellite-based crop advice

In October 2015, a consortium led by CTA begun developing a bundle of agricultural information products to be sold through SMS and smartphone apps to enable Ugandan farmers to access satellite-based crop advice. The project, entitled Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag enabled Information Service (MUIIS), provides agricultural extension advisory services to farmers at the swipe of a screen.

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Boosting agriculture through innovative lending partnerships

The growth of small-scale agriculture in developing countries is being held back by critical underfunding. To address this challenge, CTA was the organizer of an international conference which explored an innovative approach for agricultural finance – the blending of private, philanthropic and public funding to leverage capital flows into smallholder value chains. The Blending4Ag conference was held to improve practices in mobilising agricultural finance, and help forge new partnerships for mitigating and sharing risks in smallholder funding.

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Rural finance key to agricultural development

Rural and agricultural finance are key drivers to developing agriculture in West Africa, to feed a growing population and curb rising food import bills. The International Conference on Improving Agricultural Finance, a two-day event held in Abuja, Nigeria, explored effective strategies for developing financial instruments and policies to boost agricultural production and value chains.

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20,000 Ethiopian Smallholders Targeted with Climate Smart Technology

CTA together with Farm Africa has launched a new project to promote the resilience of smallholder farmers against climate change in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The launch is the third and final of a CTA initiative that supports the scaling of proven climate smart agriculture technologies in Jamaica, Mali and now Ethiopia.

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COP22 - Action for agriculture

With the future of agriculture moving up the agenda at the UN Conferences of the Parties (COP22) negotiations, a trio of side events is examining key issues for farmers facing climate change. Sessions held on the sidelines of the climate change talks currently underway in Marrakesh, Morocco, including the launch of an ambitious new initiative to support agriculture in Africa.

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Boosting agriculture through innovative public-private lending partnerships

The growth of small-scale agriculture in developing countries is being held back by critical underfunding. Seeking to address this challenge, an international conference will explore an innovative approach to agricultural finance – the blending of private, philanthropic and public funding to leverage greater capital flows into smallholder value chains. The Blending4Ag conference will be held in Brussels on November 7-8.

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Opinion articles

Mobilising funds and political will to prompt climate action

Agriculture is central to any debate on climate change given the enormous responsibility placed on the sector to produce 60% more food by 2050, despite changing climatic uncertainties. Yields worldwide, for example, are expected to decrease by more than 10% due to climate change – with Africa and South Asia most negatively impacted – while the world’s population continues to grow.

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Technical and scientific articles

Climate-smart agri-finance: A more resilient approach

As climate change poses fresh challenges to farmers across ACP countries, donors, development banks and private lenders are developing innovative blended finance and risk-sharing solutions.

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The last mile

ICT Update spoke to Ronald Rwakigumba of Mercy Corps, who is responsible for the last mile of the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service.

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Tools for an equitable and food secure future

Women farmers are using water smart techniques to sustainably increase crop yields, whilst maintaining vital soil ecosystems in Ghana, Malawi and Mali. In these drought-prone countries, establishing water-efficient practices helps to improve smallholder farmers’ access to water and increase the resilience of their livelihoods and local ecosystems.

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Background articles



  • Jan 22

    Catalysing actionable knowledge to implement climate-smart solutions for next-generation ACP agriculture

    To culminate the "experience capitalisation" activity, the final series of experience capitalisation workshop focuses on delivering proven climate-smart agriculture solutions through market-led delivery mechanisms and ICT services that build the resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change.

    Wageningen, Netherlands

  • Feb 12

    MUIIS Project concluding workshop

    The Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) runs from September 2015 to February 2019, in Uganda. The seed fund for the project comes from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the G4AW Facility of Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) with contribution from other partners.

    Kampala, Uganda