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.

Read the full article: ICRISAT

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

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.

Read the full article: Africa Rising

Sustaining the resilience of farming systems in different agro-ecologies



Participants at the workshop. Photo: Jerome Jonah, ICRISAT


Stakeholders reviewed, consolidated and charted pathways for sustaining the resilience of farming systems in different agro-ecologies of the semi-arid regions of West and Central Africa, at a workshop in Nigeria.

The presentations addressed the functioning and the integration of the drivers of resilience and components of effective technology packaging and delivery with the overall aim of increasing production and productivity of the farming systems.

The discussions provided an avenue for prioritizing research extension, policy and options for funding to attain large-scale impact across the region. From the deliberations the following trends and research gaps were noted:

  • Growing demand for crop-livestock products in WCA
  • Changes in the structure of the demand for food which are driven by increased per capita income and rapid urbanization resulting in change in diets and preferences
  • Price volatility of major agricultural produce and natural resources associated with marketing of agricultural produce
  • Challenges of managing pastoralism and dealing with issues of conflicts between pastoralism and farmers
  • Climate change is a major issue impacting agricultural production and attainment of food security
  • Inadequate synergy between research and policy and low participation of women and youth in agricultural extension, thereby limiting service delivery to women in key value chains.

The workshop recommendations for addressing the above issues included:

Read the full article: ICRISAT

If she can do it for 90 …



This amazing woman feeds 90 children every weekday in this “kitchen” area.



If she can do it for 90 kids, isn’t this one of the best practices, a success story to me multiplied all over the world to combat malnutrition/undernutrition ?

That is the best way to alleviate malnutrition


Photo credit : TAALUMA

Our partner Maria with the children of Golda Mayers school in Hohoe, Ghana where we built a few sack gardens to help them farm vegetables to feed the school children.

TAALUMA, an example that merits to be copied all over the world

We are working on building self-sustained farming facilities in poor neighborhoods in Ghana and Togo.

The images you shared earlier is from our first major project in Shah Hill region of Accra in Ghana, were we build an education center with Aquaponics, Sack Gardens, Compost and raised bed to help them feed the children in their school (mostly saved from child slavery) and to educate students, their families, their volunteers and the villagers on how to farm efficiently.

The image bellow is from another one of our (smaller) activities where we made several sack gardens in primary school in the volta region of Ghana, most of the children in the image receive their only hot meal in school and our goal is to expand our operation there next year and build a larger farming facility there to help them lower their operational cost and at the same time add fruits and vegetables to their diet.

“To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans” – (Ban Ki-moon)


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Geothermal energy is converted into electricity and used to heat the Gourmet Mokai glasshouse in New Zealand which grows tomatoes and peppers. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Agriculture must transform to feed a hotter, more crowded planet, UN says on World Food Day

To mark World Food Day 2016, the United Nations is highlighting the close links between climate change, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security, with the message: “The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.”

“As the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message commemorating the Day.

“Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society’s ability to produce the food we need,” he added.

Mr. Ban pointed out that the most vulnerable people are world’s poorest, 70 per cent of whom depend on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food.

“Without concerted action, millions more people could fall into poverty and hunger, threatening to reverse hard-won gains and placing in jeopardy our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he emphasized.

To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

According to the UN chief, agriculture and food systems must become more resilient, productive, inclusive and sustainable.

“To bolster food security in a changing climate,” he continued “countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development.”

The Secretary-General explained that targeted investments in those sectors would build resilience and increase the incomes and productivity of small farmers – lifting millions from poverty. “They will help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and safeguard the health and well-being of ecosystems and all people who depend on them, underscored Mr. Ban.

Read the full article: UN NEWS CENTRE