How to rethink agricultural innovation: Redefining success

Agricultural innovation packages, like conservation agriculture, are usually developed by research communities and disseminated for farmers to use. Through examples from her research with CIMMYT and Malawian farmers, Thirze Hermans explains why we need to rethink how we measure success, moving beyond counting adoption to consider local context.

Crop breeding for climate resilience in southern Africa: Webinar recap, recording and slides

Seed systems play a vital role in achieving food security in southern Africa. Thus, targeting resilience to climate change within them is key to preparing for future climate scenarios. Held on 27 January 2021, the GCRF-AFRICAP programme’s first research seminar of the year explored this topic in depth, presenting an analysis of recent AFRICAP work …

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February seminar: What is the role of information in climate change adaptation in rural Africa?

We were excited to welcome Dr Chris Paterson (Media and Communications, University of Leeds) and Dr Lata Narayanaswamy (POLIS, University of Leeds) to lead our February seminar, hosted jointly with fellow GCRF programme African SWIFT and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. Focusing on work funded by the university’s quality-related Global Challenges Research Fund allocation, …

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‘Land is part of the solution but can’t do it all’: AFRICAP launches 2020 seminar series

On 29 January 2020, we were delighted to host Pete Smith, Professor of Soils and Global Change at the University of Aberdeen and a co-investigator on GCRF-AFRICAP in a seminar hosted jointly with the Global Food and Environment Institute. As one of the convening lead authors on the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and …

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