More cassava for less time

By Maria Eliza Villarino | Apr 5, 2018 Cassava has a relatively long growth cycle compared to other important crops. It takes an average of 10-12 months — sometimes up to 24 months! — for farmers to harvest the roots; maize, rice, and potato’s growth cycles span less than a third of that. In other words, farmers can grow cassava at most once …

A 5-year voyage to tackle plastic pollution

UNEP| 22 FEB 2018 | Story | Ocean & Seas   It’s possible to cross all of the world’s oceans without using a single drop of fossil fuels: the Race for Water is proof. Entirely propelled by solar energy, hydrogen and wind, the boat set off last year on a five-year journey around the globe to raise awareness of the urgency of curbing …

FAO and OECD call for responsible investment in agriculture

16 February 2018, Paris – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a pilot project in Paris today to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains with 30 leading enterprises.  The project aims to improve the implementation of the Guidance and internationally-agreed …

Judging the beans in the Guatemalan heights

By Alexandra Popescu |CCAFS |February 13, 2018 | Stepping up participatory practices in the Climate-Smart Village of Olopa. The narrow path to the fields doesn’t cut us any slack. It goes up and up, treacherous at times as last night’s rain bit into the ground. We pass the coffee bushes bursting with red; sitting on low chairs, a few men …

Community nursery offers means for economic empowerment of women farmers

By SUGANDHA MUNSHI | Specialist on Gender Issues | IRRI   Women-focused intervention plays a pivotal role in IRRI’s work with farmers. With the climate changing, innovation that results in better management practices for farmers is essential. This becomes more crucial, though, when it comes to smallholder marginal women farmers in rice production. Under the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project, …

Ethiopian farmers made a desert bloom again

By Nathanael Johnson | May 11, 2016 | Ethiopia is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years. It’s the sort of shock to the system we are likely to see more of with climate change. But Ethiopia is also home to a successful experiment to make the land more resilient to drought. If we are going to adapt to our changing …