Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / Food Security / Opinion piece / Rwanda

Can smallholder farmers take a leading role in addressing the twin challenges of food security and environmental sustainability?

A farmer in Himachal Pradesh, India. Smallholder farmers can contribute to the search for climate solutions (photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT). Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, says experience from that country shows that smallholder farmers can contribute to the search for climate-smart solutions and climate talks should bring smallholder agriculture into the … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Innovation Systems / Soils

Does a country’s dirt determine its destiny?

‘Chad is dirt poor because its dirt is poor. Germany is relatively rich because its soil is rich. That’s the provocative conclusion flowing from a new study, which suggests that just two fundamental factors—soil type and climate—can largely explain why humans have prospered in some places but not in others. The finding, drawn from a … Continue reading