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And in other news: Take a 3-min break this weekend to celebrate Africa’s climate heroes and change actions


Take a 3-minute break from the political news cycles this weekend and watch this little video hot out of the oven.

It reminds us why helping Africa’s food producers adapt to climate change are big matters.

It tells us of stuff already being done to lessen Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions.

It reminds us of stuff that matters.

This video, coming just in time for the last week of the COP22 climate change negotiations in Morocco, comes from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and its many partners, including the Africa-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which is proud to work with CCAFS and its lead centre, the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (known by its Spanish acronym, CIAT).

ILRI thanks to the video’s talented communications producers: Vanessa Meadu and Lili Szilagyi of CCAFS and Samuel Stacey, of the CGIAR System Office.

Investing in climate adaptation in African agriculture
helps deliver future food security, resilience,
and economic development.

African agriculture is adapting to climate change—
farmers and scientists are already
transforming food and farming.

Find out how.

And get inspired.

African agriculture is already under threat from climate change and global warming, putting at risk the food security and livelihoods of billions. But it isn’t too late. Finding solutions for three key challenges could stave off the worst effects and even increase production threefold by 2030. The first comprehensive pan-African discussion of solutions in agriculture will take place at COP22 to explore innovations in soil, water and climate-risk.

Nearly every African nation has included agriculture in its climate adaptation strategy, showing a widespread willingness to adapt in the face of the growing challenges of global warming. But who will fund these changes? The Adaptation of African Agriculture initiative is calling for $30bn in investment while a report published at COP22 shows why it makes financial sense to help agriculture adapt. Find out more here:

For more about livestock issues raised at the on-going COP22 climate change summit in Marrakech, see:

Measuring greenhouse gas emissions of diverse livestock systems is a first step in shrinking carbon ‘hoofprints’, an opinion piece by ILRI program leader Polly Ericksen published by Thomson Reuters News Foundation on 6 Nov 2016.

Read a related opinion piece by Ericksen, Let’s ‘meat’ in the middle on climate change, originally published by EurActive on 4 Nov 2016 and reposted on the ILRI News blog as ‘Meating’ in the middle on the ‘meat vs vegetarian’ diet debate at the climate change summit this week on 5 Nov 2016.

Follow the 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 7–18 Nov 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco, on Twitter: @COP22.

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