Agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods


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Farmers of the Benna tribe in Ethiopia

CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

The case studies cover:

  • farmer-managed natural tree regeneration;
  • improved market access for dairy products;
  • a transboundary tree restoration initiative;
  • tree use for drought resistance;
  • a regional project for the promotion of fruit trees;
  • and tree planting and agricultural extension programmes to enhance agroforestry.

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How to increase agricultural productivity and enhance drought resilience


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Exchange meeting with farmers on farmer-managed natural regeneration in Niger. Photo: P. Savadogo
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A real opportunity to scale up Climate-Smart Villages in Niger

In Niger, the World Bank is financing a project inspired by the Climate-Smart Village model of Kampa Zarma.

by Mathieu Ouédraogo (CCAFS West Africa)

In August, the 3N (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens) facilitated a formulation workshop of a climate-smart agriculture project in Niger. The CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa programme was among the attendees of the workshop, which was led by the 3N High Commission in partnership with the World Bank.

About the World Bank-funded CSA project in Niger

Led by the 3N High Commission of Niger, it is a seven year-long project (from 2016 to 2023) with a total budget of USD 111 million. The objective is to…

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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

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OPINION: Livestock Mechanization, Reproduction should not be an exemption PART 1


As agricultural mechanization gains daily popularity among Nigerian farmers and key agricultural stakeholders, what comes readily to mind at the instance of mechanized farming – as some prefer to call it – are tractors, plough, harrow, planters, automated feed conveyors/drinkers, automated feed millers to mention just a few.

Crop production – one of the two components of agriculture in Nigeria – has been greatly favored as regards the use of modern technology in implementing its operations. As at today, there is virtually no activity in the crop production value chain that is tedious to achieve with available modern technology; pre planting, planting, post planting, harvesting, processing and storage have been catered for. No doubt one’s mind swing swiftly toward crop production at the mention of the subject, “mechanized farming in Nigeria”.

On the other hand, animal production – the co-component of agriculture in Nigeria – apparently suffers more at the…

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Livestock count: Live reporting from the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security

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This article was posted originally on 19 Oct 2016

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Article by Ksenija Simovic, #CFS43 Social Reporter: ksenijasimovic(at)

‘This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). For the first time since its reform, it recognized the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change.

‘Two years ago CFS asked the High-Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock. The report was presented and endorsed at the 43rd plenary session of the CFS in Rome this week and many of members took the stage to state their positions in regards its recommendations.

‘The extensive discussions taking place these days around the topic of sustainable livestock production and nutrition highlight just how complex the issues are. Until just a few years ago…

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The ‘big bet’ on chickens for Africa

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Chickens kept by a local farmer in the village of Morrumbala

Local hen and her chick in a village of Mozambique, where production costs for farmers are 30% higher than the cost of importing chicken (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

With a growing appetite for chicken in Africa, BBC Africa’s Kim Chakanetsa investigates why the continent does not produce enough birds to feed itself.

‘If you have eaten a handful of spicy chicken wings in Angola recently or perhaps polished off a lemony “yassa poulet” in Senegal, there is a good chance your chicken travelled some distance before finding its way on to your plate.

‘It depends where you live in Africa, but chickens are increasingly migrating—in freezers—from Brazil, Germany or other European Union countries to the continent.

Imports of chicken to sub-Saharan Africa tripled between 2004 and 2014,
according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture.

‘Here’s a look at reasons behind the huge increase and what can be done…

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Jimmy Smith: On the LiveSTOCK Exchange ‘hard seat’

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During the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Brian Perry interviewed Jimmy Smith, Director of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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On 9 and 10 November 2011, the ILRI Board of Trustees hosted a 2-day ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ to discuss and reflect on livestock research for development. The event synthesized sector and ILRI learning and helped frame future livestock research for development directions.

The liveSTOCK Exchange also marked the leadership and contributions of Dr. Carlos Seré as ILRI Director General.  See all posts in this series / Sign up for email alerts

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