COP23: Conservation Agriculture: Zambia’s Double-edged Sword against Climate Change and Hunger

Zambia, 8 -11-17, Friday Phiri (IPS)- As governments gather in Bonn, at COP 23 to hammer out a blueprint to implement the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on reducing emissions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020. While achieving this goal requires serious mitigation, LDCs such as Zambia are also emphasising adaptation as enshrined in Article 2 (b) of the Paris Agreement: Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production. Continue reading

Ministers from LDCs call on Global Community to go for strong action at UN Climate Change Negotiations

On 5 October, Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group met in Addis Ababa to discuss the priorities of the LDC group in preparation for the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. Mr. Gebru Jember Endalew, Chair of the LDC Group, said “Today Ministers from across the world’s 47 poorest countries have demonstrated how LDCs are continuing to take the lead on ambitious climate action, pursuing sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient pathways to protect our people and our planet.” Continue reading

How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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Farmers are key to avert hunger caused by climate change in Africa

morocco-629x472Fabiola Ortiz, (IPS) 12 Dec– With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.Most countries consider agriculture a priority when it comes to their plans to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C. In line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 95 percent of all countries included agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Continue reading

Least Developed Countries Call for ‘Ambitious Action’ at COP22

climate-changeThe chair of the Least Developed Countries group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, called for “fair and ambitious action” Monday at the next round of international climate change negotiations which begin on Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. Mpanu-Mpanu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo on climate issues, said that the next round of UN climate talks, COP22, must be “an action and implementation COP” and “construct robust rules to support the [Paris] Agreement’s implementation.” Continue reading

Climate Doomsday – a step closer?

climate-change-and-agricultureBaher Kamal Oct 27 2016 (IPS) – Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’. Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has surged again to new records in 2016… and will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. Continue reading

Climate change on front line in rural Zimbabwe

zimbabwe-droughtObi Anyadike, IRIN, 19 October: The last time Tabitha Moyo’s (name changed) borehole went dry was the drought of 1992, a disaster that affected 20 million people across southern Africa. That the 50-metre well is bone-dry now is an indication of just how severe this year has been for farmers in Zimbabwe. It rained just four times between November and February in Sanyati, a rural hamlet 350 kilometres south of the capital, Harare. Continue reading

Zambia: Erratic weather and higher farm inputs hits Zambian farmers, prices rise.

zambian-droughtLusaka, 17 Sept 2016, Thomson Reuters Foundation: Lower harvests of maize, wheat and sugarcane as a result of severe weather in the region are pushing up prices for Zambia’s staple foods, according to the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. The Zambia National Farmers Union said erratic weather — including late rains at the start of the season, drought in many areas and heavy flooding in some parts of the country — have all hit food production. Continue reading

Seeds for Supper as Drought Intensifies in South Madagascar

Madagascar droughtMadagascar, Jun 14 2016 Miriam Gathigah (IPS) – Havasoa Philomene did not have any maize when the harvesting season kicked off at the end of May since like many in the Greater South of Madagascar, she had already boiled and eaten all her seeds due to the ongoing drought. Here, thousands of children are living on wild cactus fruits in spite of the severe constipation that they cause, but in the face of the most severe drought witnessed yet, Malagasy people have resorted to desperate measures just to survive. Continue reading