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On 10th November 2021, the Resilience Hub at COP26 hosted a side event to showcase three major, global initiatives that seek to ensure that action to enhance adaptation and resilience stem from a foundation of research, knowledge and learning: CDKN, the Resilience Knowledge Coalition and the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA). Corina Angheloiu from the Global Resilience Partnership reports. [more...]

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FEATURE: Project on agriculture, vulnerability and adaptation in Colombia achieves agreement among experts

CDKN funded project in the Cauca Region held its fourth workshop to identify climate variables and indices to use for vulnerability analysis. Nationwide invitation involved Colombia’s most outstanding specialists and researchers. [more]…

Neil Palmer (CIAT). A smallholder coffee farmer in Colombia's southwestern Cauca department.

FEATURE: On the frontline of climate change - cocoa, coffee and culture in Colombia

At the Planet Under Pressure conference, Claudia Martinez, Colombia Country Leader for CDKN, will brief the media on the threats from increased flooding and sea level rise to Colombia's coffee, cocoa and sugar industries and the world-famous cultural heritage of the city of Cartagena. [more]…

Maurice Kwadha, Kisumu, one of the participating farmers in the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project

FEATURE: Kenyans put soil carbon to the test

Steve Zwick, managing editor at Ecosystem Marketplace, reports on how ultra-modern farming methods are being used to conserve topsoil and increase production, trapping small amounts of carbon in the earth and plants. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project aims to leverage that little bit of carbon to spark an agriculture revolution. [more]…

FEATURE: 'Joto Afrika' special issue - Climate-smart agriculture for food security in Africa

Special issue of ALIN's 'Joto Afrika' newsletter features the many innovative practices Kenyan farmers and communties are adopting to respond to a changing climate. [more]…

FEATURE: Mainstreaming adaptation to climate change - what hope for Ethiopia’s water sector?

Naomi Oates, Research Assistant at CDKN, reports how developing countries such as Ethiopia will need to respond quickly if they are to cope with predicted future climate impacts. The question is: how should they respond, and what does adaptation to climate change look like in practice? [more]…

FEATURE: New research shows that traditional farming systems are essential for adaptation

This IIED briefing paper summarises the results of field studies in China, Kenya and Bolivia which found that crop diversity is protective, while reliance on hybrids can increase vulnerability. [more]…

FEATURE: Can small-scale adaptation actions address the food crisis in the Horn of Africa?

Dr. Richard Munang argues that in the Horn of Africa, large-scale commercial agriculture will fail to pull countries out of a cycle of food crises. The only way to break the cycle is to adopt small-scale farming methods that nurture ecosystem services. [more]…

FEATURE: Postcard from Addis Ababa - 'Development first: addressing climate change in Africa'

Lisa McNamara reports from the first Climate Change and Development in Africa conference held in Addis Ababa last week. Hosted by UNECA's African Climate Policy Centre, the strong 'development first' message of the conference set the stage for 'Africa's CoP' in Durban. Participants called for solutions to climate change and development challenges shaped by Africans, and informed by Africa’s priorities. [more]…

Kenya - Ngurumo Village, CGIAR

FEATURE: Climate compatible agriculture – a smart approach to poverty reduction in Africa

CDKN Chief Executive Sam Bickersteth writes about the importance of achieving a triple win - of emissions reductions, increased resilience, and productivity gain - for African agriculture. Though the UNFCCC process can help climate compatible agriculture, efforts to build supportive policy frameworks must continue outside of the CoPs. [more]…

OPINION: “The field visit that opened my eyes”

James Bataze, Senior Meteorologist, Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda, talks about his field visit to the CDKN-supported ACCRA project and how it turned out to be “one of the most incredible and unforgettable of my life". [more]…

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