New Platform Launching to Scale-up Climate-Smart Solutions for Food Security and Climate Change
- Global food systems are under increasing pressure from climate change and a growing world population. We must increase food production to achieve food security for all, even as the largely negative effects of climate change impact agriculture. We also need to enhance the resilience of farming communities to these impacts, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector. Addressing these challenges requires rapid action to transform our food systems. Climate-smart agriculture has emerged as a promising approach for achieving the transformation needed in agriculture, with the potential to not only help farmers adapt to climate change impacts, but also mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate. The power of climate-smart agriculture is demonstrated by recent outcomes from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and its partners, who have focused on developing and scaling the approach for nearly a decade. For instance, new meteorological tools developed by the program and its partners provide better climate forecasting for a population of 125 million in East and West Africa, allowing farmers to seed and harvest at the right moment, enhancing productivity and minimizing crop losses.