How conservation agriculture helps African farmers combat climate change

By Professor Andy Dougill (@AndyDougill), Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds Can conservation agriculture (CA) help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa build resilience to the problem of climate change? Professor Andy Dougill believes it is possible, but that more co­ordinated planning and coherent policy support across sectors …

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Climate smart agriculture boosting farmer yields and income in Malawi

By Martha Chikoti Peter Chilunje, a smallholder farmer in central Malawi, grows maize, the national staple. Each time there is a drought, his family only has enough food to last them until the next harvest.  “In drought years, the maize we produce sometimes lasts us less than five months and that is scary for my …

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AFRICAP in Malawi: Scoping research and strengthening partnerships

Interdisciplinarity is more than just a buzzword in AFRICAP. In January 2019, researchers from three different faculties at the University of Leeds visited Malawi to scope opportunities for research activity, ably supported by the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), the lead Malawian partner for AFRICAP. Here, Alfred Kambwiri, programme director at CISANET and Dr Joseph …

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Experiences of the 2015-16 El Niño from across the Tropics highlight the importance of building long-term resilience

It is widely anticipated that the global climate in 2019 will once again be affected by El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean. This can contribute to a range of experiences of weather extremes across the Tropics, including in the GCRF-AFRICAP focal countries. Following the latest extreme El Niño event in 2015-16, the NERC SHEAR …

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