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Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts
February 20, 2019News
Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts

Senior Experts, employed by Dutch research organizations and involved in CGIAR research or management, are offered a chance to spend (more) time on their CGIAR activities. The call to cover some of their personnel costs has been reopened with an adjustment in requirements for the Senior Expert. The deadline for the next assessment round is June 4, 2019. »

February 18, 2019
Cost and benefit analysis for climate-smart soil practices in Western Kenya

The study aimed to assess costs and benefits of selected climate-smart soil (CSS) practices as a step toward understanding whether they are beneficial or not – both from private and social points of view – for farmers. The results indicate implementing CSS practices yield positive outcomes. However, expected the cost of implementation and maintenance varies by practices. »

What is climate smart in Africa’s horticulture?
February 7, 2019Study
What is climate smart in Africa’s horticulture?
Theme: Fruits and Vegetables

Climate change is and will continue to be a major challenge for East and Southern African horticulture. Its effects on horticulture are lower water availability, lower soil health, higher disease pressure and planning disruptions. With support of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, AgriProFocus and Verbos Business Development carried out a scoping study of business drivers for Climate Smart Horticulture in Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. »

January 16, 2019Knowledge Portal
Scaling up climate services for smallholder farmers: Learning from practice

These six papers in a special issue of Climate Risk Management presents innovations, insights and evidence from efforts to make climate services work for smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Identifying the intended users and understanding how their identities, roles and responsibilities within larger agrarian communities to which they belong impact their climate service needs and ability to act on the information provided. »

January 10, 2019Knowledge Portal
The climate-smart agriculture papers: Investigating the business of a productive, resilient and low emission future

This book shares new data relating to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), with emphasis on experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa to answer key questions on the following five topic areas: (1) Climate impacts; (2) Climate-smart varieties; (3) Farm management; (4) Value chains; and (5) Scaling up. The papers illustrate, among other things, how practitioners can access free online tools,how new varieties of crops or better soil management can help farmers adapt; how information networks or entrepreneurial training can help the spread of promising technologies; how private-sector firms can promote CSA; and how farmer-to-farmer training can help bring CSA to scale. »

January 2, 2019Knowledge Portal
The role and challenges of the private seed sector in developing and disseminating climate-smart crop varieties in Eastern and Southern Africa

This article discusses the growth of the private seed sector since the seed industry in Eastern and Souther Africa (ESA) was deregulated, the importance of public-private partnerships in driving genetic gains for climate-smart (CS) traits, and the importance of developing a favourable regional regulatory environment that incentivises the private sector to rapidly scale out CS crop varieties »