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Climate Smart Agriculture

Agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes. GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals.
It integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) by jointly addressing food security and climate challenges. It is composed of three main pillars:
sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes;
adapting and building resilience to climate change;
reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible.

Responding to climate change: Community-based aquaculture development in Burundi

Come end of April 2016,118 members of the Rural Collaborative Network for Development (RECORD), a farmers’ association in Burundi, will earn 44,800,000 Burundi Francs (about US$ 22,400) from fish farming based on climate smart agriculture principles. Broken down, they will earn 17,500,000 Burundi francs (about U$8,750) from the sale of tilapia; and 27,300,000 (about US$13,650) Burundi francs from selling catfish. This is mainly as result of ASARECA-supported project on going beyond climate smart agriculture. Read more about Responding to climate change: Community-based aquaculture development in Burundi

Climate smart weather-based advisories to touch millions of smallholder farmers

Over 1 million residents of Machakos County in Kenya are set to benefit from climate smart weather advisories following efforts to out scale this service which is extremely essential to the performance of the agricultural sector, particularly in drier parts of Eastern and Central Africa.

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Climate change will see East Africa get wetter say scientists

East Africa could be the lucky exception to the disastrous effects of climate change as scientists predict increased precipitation as temperatures rise.

Scientists working with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca) — Kizito Kwena, William Ndegwa, Imad Ali-Babiker and Hezron Mogaka— say the flipside to rising temperatures is that East Africa is likely to get wetter mid-century. Read more about Climate change will see East Africa get wetter say scientists

Africa’s forests need not be the price we pay for food security

Dr. Hezron Mogaka is the Theme leader Natural Resources Management and Eco-systems Services at the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, ASARECA. He spoke to 256BN on the sidelines of a regional workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the EAC, COMESA and SADC regions on November 27,2015- Excerpts. Read more about Africa’s forests need not be the price we pay for food security

Researchers urged to syndicate with policy makers in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation

The regional conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the COMESA/EAC/SADC regions has opened in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi with a call on participants to open their minds to the opportunities likely to come with climate change rather than lament about the challenges it poses. 

Far from spelling doom, the conference heard that various climate models predict that climate change would result in increased rainfall in some parts of the region, an opportunity that policy makers should plan for. Read more about Researchers urged to syndicate with policy makers in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation

Agriculture ministers agree to smart initiatives to move agriculture

Ministers in-charge of Agricultural Research for Development from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda have pledged to fast-track the implementation of sustainable intensification of agricultural practices to optimize benefits.

 

Representatives of Agriculture Ministers and delegates at the Policy Forum

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How climate smart rice innovations are changing livelihoods in Madagascar

Solotiana Vaoarilinina  from Andratsainimahamasina commune in  Madagascar  harvested  4.1t/ha of rice from about 0.45ha of land during the 2014-2015 cropping season.  From this, she expects to get enough food to support her family for several months as well as raise US$ 460. The family will also use part of the money to complete a stalled permanent house which she started constructing in 2014 using other resources.

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You are welcome to a new ASARECA experience

Dear esteemed ASARECA partners of all categories,

Today, June 16, ASARECA has launched a new ASARECA website, which responds to the dynamic agricultural research and development environment. The new site is meant to ensure that the institution is at par with current trends, while interactingwith its stakeholders. Read more about You are welcome to a new ASARECA experience

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

Agricultural productivity and per capita income in the ECA region have either decreased or stagnated due to low use of inputs and mechanisation, poor adoption and utilisation of innovations, and inadequate policies to drive agricultural development. The population growth rate is higher than the agricultural production growth rate resulting in declining food and nutrition security. Read more about Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

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