Category: Adaptation

Tea pickers in Kenya's Mount Kenya region. Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT).

Adaptation and mitigation: two lenses for sustainable agriculture

While food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation are arguably the greatest challenges faced by humanity today, that doesn’t mean they need to be tackled separately. “We see tremendous potential for climate change to be a transformative issue...

agroforest, Indonesia

Agroforestry traditions of Indonesia can help confront food shortages

Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture predicts that climate change will shrink the area under rice, leading to a shortage of the staple. Agroforests can help fill the gap and restore a healthy environment, say scientists at the National Agroforestry...

Can organic and resource-conserving agriculture improve livelihoods?

Can organic and resource-conserving agriculture improve livelihoods?

Organic and resource-conserving agriculture (ORCA) offers farmers a way to protect the future productive capacity of their natural resource base, say Bennett and Franzel, in a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural sustainability.  The study further...

Sahelian farmer with extension workers. Farmers will need to adapt to our 'new normal' climate to feed a growing population. Photo by Brent Simpson

Sound farming advice for a ‘new normal’ climate

It’s natural to wonder whether our current climate—with its erratic rainfall patterns and increasingly frequent weather upheavals—will ever return to normalcy. According to a leading development expert, it won’t. “The planet’s climate has changed irreversibly; continued change is...

Boab tree, crops, Burkina Faso, conservation agriculture with trees, Africa, agroforestry

The trouble with agriculture and how to fix it

Treeless fields of wheat haven’t always been the common image of agriculture. For most of human history, agriculture took place amidst trees. It’s time to put the trees back, say Meine van Noordwijk, Dennis Garrity and Delia Catacutan...