Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) innovations


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His Excellence Moussa Ousmane distributes plants to women at the project launch. Photo: Mahamane Badamssi, ICRISAT


To improve the resilience of poor households to climate risk in the resource-constrained farming systems of the semi-arid ecology of Niger a project funded by the European Union was launched.

The project will use a participatory approach to co-develop and scale out Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) innovations which will include:

  • Short duration crop varieties well adapted to the climate
  • The development of seed value chain to improve access to seeds
  • Improved technologies of soil fertility, water harvesting and agroforestry systems.

A crosscutting objective of the project is focused on sustainable increase of agricultural productivity and nutritional values of agricultural products, reduction of poverty by the strengthening local value chains of high value crops and trees for income generation, especially for women and youth.

The project titled “Enhancing resilience to climate change through the dissemination of integrated management technologies: Soil-water-Agro-pastoralism” is designed using an integrated systems approach targeting the development and scaling of CSA innovations to improve the resilience in two of the poorest regions of Niger, Dosso and Zinder. This systems approach will be used in designing resilient farming systems to improve livelihoods and incomes.

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Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition



UN endorses recommendations on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock

National governments, multilateral agencies and industries to revitalize actions against desertification.



UN official urges renewed action on desertification

A UN official on Tuesday called for national governments, multilateral agencies and industries to revitalize actions against desertification.

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said rapid spread of deserts linked to climate change and human actions could derail war on poverty, hunger and disease.

“New strategies are required to help countries halt land degradation that has direct link to droughts, conflicts and forced migration,” Barbut said.

She made the comments in Nairobi during a high-level summit to discuss a 12-year UN strategy that seeks to revitalize global action on desertification.

According to the UNCCD, 12 million hectares of land are lost to desertification every year across the globe and the figure could rise due to population growth, climatic pressures and unsustainable farming practices.

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The restoration of 5 million hectares of degraded land to help fight desertification.


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UN pushes for action on African desertification

Two-day event in Nairobi comes less than week after Kenya said 1.3 million citizens faced hardship in drought-hit areas

By Magdalene Mukami


The UN spoke out strongly about desertification in Africa on Tuesday less than a week after Kenya’s government said 1.3 million citizens were facing starvation in drought-hit regions.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) met for a two-day event in Nairobi and called on the Kenyan government to push for the restoration of five million hectares of degraded land to help fight desertification.

Dry spells have caused hardship in the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya.

Monique Barbut, UNCCD executive secretary, said: “Every single country should take such a commitment to make sure that by 2030 we are not losing more land than what we are restoring.”

Barbut called on Kenyans to look into alternative sources of clean fuel in order for the country to achieve 10 percent forest cover, a goal set by the country’s environment ministry.

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By Rading Biko

World governments are gathering in Nairobi for environmental conservation conference.

The 2 day conference will seek to   seal the recommendations for the actions to be taken when the Conference of the Parties meets in 2017

According Prof Judith Wakhungu Kenya Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources , Kenya as a country have concerns that have ignited policy debate on environment.

“The conference will highlight the measures proposed for 2018-2030,”says Prof Wakhungu.

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Improved food legume varieties



Can improved food legume varieties increase technical efficiency in crop production in the Bale highlands, Ethiopia?


Faba bean (broad bean), field pea, and lentil are very important legumes in the highlands of Ethiopia. In 2012/13, about 4.4 million smallholder farmers planted 574,000 ha of faba bean producing 0.9 million tons at an average productivity of 1.6 tons per ha.  Field pea is also an important source of protein in Ethiopia. In 2012, the crop ranked fourth in area coverage with an acreage of 212,890 ha and annual production of 2.6 million tons (FAO, 2012). We all agree (it seems) that legumes are essential for the regeneration of nutrient‐deficient soils.  They fix nitrogen!

The Bale highlands are known for their mono-cropping production system: wheat and barley dominated. They grow one crop year after year on the same plot of land without rotations and with a single crop within a field. This is associated with two problems:  Soil degradation and increased vulnerability to risk which implies lower efficiency compared to poly-cropping systems.

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Reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies



Aerial view of the dwindling ice on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Reforesting Kilimanjaro could ease East Africa’s severe water shortages – UN

There is a need to reforest Africa’s highest mountain to help protect vital water supplies that are under threat across large parts of East Africa, a UN Environment report urged today.

The loss of Mount Kilimanjaro’s forests could trigger water crisis as rivers begin to dry up, notes the report, entitled Sustainable Mountain Development in East Africa in a Changing Climate, which was launched at the World Mountain Forum in Uganda today.

The report stresses that climate change has already destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain’s forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year’s supply of drinking water for one million people.

According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Mt. Kilimanjaro’s forests are a vital source of water for the surrounding towns and the wider region. Water from the mountain feeds one of Tanzania’s largest rivers, the Pangani, providing food, fuel and building materials to much of East Africa.

The report notes that higher temperatures as a result of climate change have increased the number of wildfires on the mountain and thus accelerated the destruction of forests. Because there are now fewer trees to trap water from clouds, the annual amount of dew on the mountain is believed to have fallen by 25 per cent.

As an example of the dire impact of this situation, UNEP notes that the town of Moshi, which is located in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, is already experiencing severe water shortages as rivers begin to dry up, starving farmland of water in an area already struggling to cope with a dramatic drop in rainfall.

The report urges Tanzania to protect Mt. Kilimanjaro’s water catchment area by reforesting the mountain, investing in early warning systems and making climate adaptation a top priority.

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