New climate change report shows innovative tool to measure value of climate services for farmers

CCAFS is testing new survey tools to uncover how climate information impacts farmers' livelihoods. Photo: V. Reddy.

By Arame Tall

Climate information can be a powerful tool in helping rural communities adapt to climate risk. But not all information is created equal, nor is access to information equal. To better understand the value of climate information in these communities, researchers started out by asking: does climate information matter to women farmers? The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in conjunction with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and CGIAR Centers, has been engaging in projects to deliver climate services to smallholder farmers across Africa and South Asia.

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Canada commits $20 million for childhood undernutrition prevention project


[Cross-posted from IFPRI's blog.]   Research has shown that children who receive adequate nutrition, particularly during their mother's pregnancy until they are two years old—referred to by experts as the 1,000 days window of opportunity—are less likely to die or be made ill by diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, measles, and HIV. 

What I Learned Working In Malawi

Finally Complete! 25 working days in the field, 60 villages, 1800 individuals surveyed. Quite the accomplishment. Our time spent working in the field in Malawi, troubleshooting the tablets and CSPro program and managing the incoming survey data, was enjoyable, stressful, and eye opening all at once. The hands on experience we gained working on a research >> Read more