Africa / Drought / Drylands / Food security / Forages / Genetics / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / PLE / Vulnerability

Landscapes of chronic hunger: Eating food aid in empty deserts and desert slums

Untitled (Desert Landscape), by Salvador Dali, 1934 (source: Wikipaintings.org). Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek has published in Foreign Policy this week a feature article, at times lyrical and elegiac, stemming from a walking trip he and his wife made last August, as a great drought gripped the Horn of Africa, across a part of the arid Turkana … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Burkina Faso / Caribbean / Climate Change / CRP7 / Food security / ILRI / Latin America / Mali / Niger / PA / PLE / South Africa

Climate change threatens ability of the poorest people to feed themselves

Number of malnourished children per square km, from the advance copy of ‘Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics,’ by ILRI scientists Polly Ericksen et al., published on 3 June 2011 (map credit: ILRI/CCAFS). The BBC reports on a new study saying that some areas in the tropics face famine … Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Food security / Kenya / Livestock

Land of hope: could climate change help Africa?

Head north from nairobi toward Mount Kenya and almost invariably you’ll hit weather. Fog, rain, hail, even snow, all unusual for the equator but a blessing for Mount Kenya’s farmers, who export coffee, roses, green beans and peas to Europe. Once you pass the mountain and descend onto the dusty Samburu plain, however, the weather … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / ILRI / PA / PLE

IPCC, and its publics, are in trouble again

The following blog post is contributed by Philip Thornton (pictured middle above), theme leader and senior scientist with the Challenge Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security  at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya and an honorary research fellow in the Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of … Continue reading

Climate Change / PA / Research

Facing the certainty of uncertainty as the heat goes out of climate change debate

In science as in politics, easily grasped arguments grab headlines. And those that polarize issues can have even greater force. The Climategate saga that hit the press just before the Copenhagen conference on climate change late last year managed both to make headlines and to further polarize stands on whether climate is or is not … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya

World scientists meet again over climate change in Kenya

Climate change in Africa and the world at large has impacted on many fronts resulting in drought and floods hence resulting in food shortage. Consequently, poverty levels have increased leading to low development among many developing nations. It is against this backdrop that leading agriculture and climate scientists, policymakers, farmers, and development experts from around … Continue reading