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Achieving food security under climate change

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released its 2013 report on how it aimed to advance "climate-smart agriculture".

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released its 2013 annual report.

The report looks at how the CCAFS helped advance “climate-smart agriculture” in 20 countries around the world last year, through collaborations with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.

One such collaboration was in Nicaragua where, as a direct result of CCAFS research, the government launched a National Adaptation Plan for agriculture, attracting major investment in adapting coffee and cocoa production to changes in climate.

“Achieving sustainable food security while reducing rural poverty, improving health and nutrition and managing our natural resources in a sustainable way, will be a real challenge under a changing climate,” says Bruce Campbell, director of the research programme, in the report.

“CCAFS is helping to meet that challenge through work on adaptation to long-term climate trends, managing climate variability and by reducing the emissions footprint of agriculture.”

The programme is a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth, and is led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

It brings together researchers in agricultural science, climate science, environmental and social sciences to identify and address the most important interactions and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture.

Read Advancing Climate-Smart Agriculture – 2013 Annual Report