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Focus on... Climate sustainable agriculture

The agriculture sector is under significant pressure to meet the demands of a rising population using finite, and often degraded, natural resources as climate change is predicted to reduce global average yields due to higher temperatures, increasingly variable rainfall and more extreme climate events. The worst hit countries are predicted to be developing countries where rural households are highly dependent on agriculture but farmers could also play a significant role in addressing climate change by sequestering carbon.

From water harvesting in Nicaragua and conservation farming in Zimbabwe to carbon trading in Kenya and Uganda, in this edition of New Agriculturist we focus on a number of climate sustainable agricultural practices that sustainably increases productivity and income, strengthen resilience to climate variability and reduce agriculture's contribution to climate change.

Carbon trading uplifts livelihoods in rural Uganda

Carbon trading uplifts livelihoods in rural Uganda

Farming communities in seven districts of rural Uganda are countering the effects of climate change by planting trees to absorb carbon dioxide and restore the deforested environment. The scheme has nearly 2,000 farmers planting indigenous trees and getting paid for the amount of carbon their trees sequester from the atmosphere.

Date published: May 2012

Water harvesting in Nicaragua - a blue revolution

Water harvesting in Nicaragua - a blue revolution

In Nicaragua, construction of earth dams has allowed farmers to extend their cultivation into the dry season, creating ideal conditions to grow cash crops such as rice, beans, maize and water melons.

Date published: May 2012

Consulting the real experts on climate change adaptation

Consulting the real experts on climate change adaptation

Policymakers are looking for alternatives to broad national estimates of the costs of adapting to climate change. A new approach starts at the most local level, asking farmers to calculate the costs and benefits of possible strategies.

Date published: May 2012

Making money from soil carbon in Western Kenya

Making money from soil carbon in Western Kenya

Since 2007, Vi Agroforestry have been working to enable smallholder farmers in Western Kenya to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change and earn carbon credits, through the use of sustainable land management practices.

Date published: May 2012

Resilient agriculture: training Peruvian farmers

Resilient agriculture: training Peruvian farmers

To increase the resilience of rural communities in Peru to extreme weather events, Practical Action, has helped 600 families to strengthen their livelihoods by adopting several agricultural adaptation strategies, including drip irrigation and guinea pig rearing.

Date published: May 2012

Conservation farming - diminishing hunger in Zimbabwe

Conservation farming - diminishing hunger in Zimbabwe

In 2004, Concern Worldwide began to promote conservation farming in Zimbabwe and in eight years, farmers involved in the project have transformed from being beneficiaries of food aid to becoming the providers of food aid.

Date published: May 2012

Sustaining seed production in Africa

Sustaining seed production in Africa

In Zambia, Ethiopia and Malawi, Self Help Africa has been working to develop effective community seed production systems that allow farmers to produce and distribute certified, high quality seed varieties that are more robust and can better cope with a changing climate.

Date published: May 2012

 

 

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