Soil health is food wealth

As the climate warms, extreme weather of droughts, floods and high temperatures are affecting agriculture, threatening food security in Africa. Smallholder farmers are barely able to put food on the table as they work on exhausted soils that only produce poor crop yields, if anything. Erratic and excessive rainfall patterns have also contributed to reduced …

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Breeding for food and nutrition resilience

By Mantoe Phakathi for GCRF-AFRICAP Crop breeders should make use of climate information to develop seed varieties that will adapt to future environmental conditions in Southern Africa, researchers urge. Research projections show that, three decades from now, the Southern Africa region will be warmer than before and farmers will not be able to get any …

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Implementing climate-smart agriculture: Webinar recap, recording and slides

The international development and research communities are keenly focused on achieving and upscaling climate-smart agriculture (CSA), with a significant emphasis on delivering benefits to Africa’s smallholder farmers. Whilst there is a high level of knowledge around what CSA technologies and practices work on the ground, there is still poor understanding of how smallholder farmers can …

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‘Creating possibilities and giving hope’: on the GCRF frontline

UK Research and Innovation has announced a large cut to the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) as a result of the Government’s decision to reduce spending on international aid. GCRF was established to target the best of Britain’s research effort at the big problems facing the world. The University of Leeds has been involved in about 150 individual …

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