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Weather-index based insurance – a viable option for small Pacific islands?

In the last two decades, Pacific Island countries (PICs) have suffered billions of dollars in damage and loss due to catastrophic weather events such as cyclones and floods, and other natural disasters including volcanic eruptions. Their predominantly small size and the diverse nature of their agricultural production systems make investments unattractive to private insurers.

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Cassava production and processing in Nigeria generates large quantities of hazardous wastes and residues. Aside from the environmental hazards, such wastes contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. An innovative climate-smart intervention in Nigeria is to re-use the cassava peels in animal feeds. This reduces the demand for maize for feed, creates new business opportunities from waste, reduces the hazards of the waste and reduces GHG emissions.

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Integrated crop-livestock systems that provide synergies towards more resilient climate-smart agricultural production systems are possible despite the recognised competition between crops and livestock enterprises. To make this work, it is necessary to understand the trade-offs and capitalise on the opportunities provided through integration.

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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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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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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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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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.

ICT Update

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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Promoting climate resilience through policy

Three policies have been launched in Zimbabwe to increase awareness of climate-smart farming techniques, and promote climate-friendly practices among young people.

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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.

Events

  • Feb 18

    Conference

    Promoting climate finance for agriculture in East & Southern Africa

    CTA in collaboration with NEPAD and FANRPAN organises a regional workshop bringing together countries in East and Southern Africa and other relevant stakeholders to discuss cross-country issues and lessons learnt in increasing finance to support climate action for agriculture, pa…
    Location:
    Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Dec 9

    Conference

    COP25

    The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 takes place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and is held with logistical support from the Government of Spain.

    Location:
    Madrid, Spain

  • Oct 22

    Workshop

    Regional workshop - Climate finance and support mechanisms for a climate-resilient agriculture in the Caribbean

    CTA in collaboration with IICA and CARDI organises a regional workhop bringing together all countries in the Caribbean and other relevant stakeholders to discuss cross-country issues and lessons learnt in increasing finance to support climate action for agriculture, particularly smallholder agriculture in the Caribbean. 

    Location:
    Bridgetown, Barbados


  • Aug 21

    Conference

    Climate finance and support mechanisms for a resilient agriculture sector in West and Central Africa

    As African agriculture is mainly rainfed, smallholder farmers and food security are vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather. Adaptation and resilience in Africa’s agriculture is critically important and has assumed a priority in policy discourse and development agenda in the continent. Increasing investment to support adaptation and resilience of agriculture has been identified as one of th…
    Location:
    Abuja, Nigeria