Farming insurance is an emerging tool in climate risk management that can help ensure smallholders are able to plant again the following season even if crops fail in the current one, and encourage them to take risks to invest more in their farms even when the climate is so unpredictable.
Enabling farmers to adopt climate-smart approaches to farming helps build more sustainable food systems that protect the environment, improve smallholder livelihoods, and create new business opportunities. This is critically important as the world grapples with the combined challenges of climate change and economic crisis.
We’re launching a 10-year climate strategy committed to building the resilience of smallholder farmers in the face of a changing climate.
Only by equipping smallholder farmers with the tools they need to withstand the impacts of climate change can we achieve sustainable and equitable food systems.
The climate footprint of the average smallholder farmer is minimal, yet they are among the worst impacted by a changing climate.
Central findings of Laterite study of tree-planting activity in Kenya, 2019.
Study conducted by evaluation firm Laterite, looking at the impact of One Acre Fund's grevillea (timber) tree-planting program In Kenya, 2019.
This study demonstrates the potential of providing planting date decision support to farmers, based on real-time forecasts of soil moisture, combined with climatological information on rainfall and temperature seasonality.
East Africa has seen several weather pattern changes in the recent past. Here, we share climate-smart agriculture tips to help farmers in the region cope better with unpredictable weather.
Governments must secure the livelihoods of farmers. One proven tool to increase farmers’ resilience is insurance. But with few insurers entering the market, government support is critical.
"I expect to harvest every time I plant millet, even in the seasons when my village receives little rainfall."
Farmers who depend on rain to grow crops are already feeling the effects of our changing climate.
We discuss a few innovative strategies we have successfully tested recently, and how these efforts benefit our farmers' productivity and incomes.
By creating their own compost and then using it during planting, farmers are able to return much-needed nutrients to their fields.
When we think about the role of soil in the food security equation, it’s no wonder that the U.N. General Assembly chose to designate 2015 the International Year of Soils