Climate-Smart Villages at the forefront of participatory research

Over 500 farmers in lower Nyando are testing a portfolio of promising climate risk management, adaptation and mitigation interventions in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, World Neighbors, Vi Agroforestry, the World Agroforestry Centre, and local community based organizations. The experience is helping participants gradually make changes to their farming practices. A few are taking the lead, and in June hosted their neighbors on their farms for a learning event that brought people together for learning and cross-fertilization in lower Nyando. Photos: V. Atakos (CCAFS)

Over 500 farmers in lower Nyando are testing a portfolio of promising climate risk management, adaptation and mitigation interventions. The experience is helping participants gradually make changes to their farming practices. Photo: V. Atakos

Every three years, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) brings together various players in the African agricultural arena for the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW). This Monday saw the kick-off of AASW6 in Accra, Ghana, themed “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation”.

Under the effects of climate change, Sub-Saharan Africa faces risks to food production, increased heat extremes, droughts and changes to vegetation. To help arm Africa against these problems, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is in Ghana to share lessons and successes from our participatory action research project: ‘Climate-Smart Villages (CSV’s). During a side-event, we explained the Climate-Smart Villages approach, which is being implemented across various CCAFS sites in East and West Africa.

For the full story by Vivian Atakos visit the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security blog.

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