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Good progress but major challenges remain in gender integration efforts in agric and climate change policies in Tanzania and Uganda

While both Uganda and Tanzania have made great strides in strengthening the gender component of their agriculture and climate change policies, a lot still needs to be done to ensure gender issues are adequately addressed including the allocation of resources and better planning of activities and strategies for gender transformation. This in turn will contribute…

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Stakeholders hail climate change district learning alliances

We need a special committee or government agency to address issues of climate change in the country, something similar to a committee that was formed in the past to deal with HIV/AIDS”. This was said by Lucas Shemndolwa, the recently elected Lushoto District Council Chairperson during a reflection meeting attended by members of the Lushoto…

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Fulbright/NATGEO Fellow visits IITA−icipe

Tim McDonnell, a journalist on a Fulbright and National Geographic Fellowship, visited IITA’s Central Africa Hub coordination office at icipe in Nairobi. Tim is an environment and science reporter for Mother Jones magazine, a US national affairs magazine in New York whose reporting focuses primarily on climate change. He is currently a research fellow with the Fulbright…

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Picture of DG Nteranya Sanginga (right) is welcomed by the President of the Republic of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon.

Benin President volunteers to endorse IITA’s initiative to create internat’l center dealing with biorisks associated with climate change

His Excellency Patrice Talon, President of the Republic of Benin, will be promoting IITA’s initiative in mitigating biorisks associated with climate change to a broad audience during the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco this November. The President volunteered to champion this cause on 11 October, when a delegation from IITA headed by DG Nteranya Sanginga,…

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Picture of DG Sanginga leads the IITA delegation that met with H.E. President Patrice Talon in Benin. The delegation included IITA-Benin Country Representative Manuele Tamo (center).

Le Président du Bénin sera le champion pour une initiative de l’IITA de la création d’un centre international liées au bio-agresseurs associes aux changements climatique

Son Excellence, Monsieur Patrice Talon, Président de la République du Bénin, a accepté de faire la promotion d’une initiative de l’IITA pour atténuer les risques biotiques enduits par le changement climatique à un large public au cours de la prochaine 22 COP au Maroc en novembre. Une délégation de l’IITA conduite par DG Nteranya Sanginga,…

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Picture of IITA’s Alexander Nganga (left) briefing the Minister of Agriculture, Dr George Chaponda, about aflasafe.

IITA showcases R4D work at 2016 Malawi agriculture fair

IITA was one of over a hundred organizations that showcased their work and products at the recent 2016 Malawi Agriculture Fair held 8 to 10 September in Blantyre with the theme Climate Smart Agriculture.

Picture of IITA’s Edidah Ampaire highlight’s the role of women in climate change adaptation issues.

Researchers make a case to Uganda parliamentarians on gender-responsive policies on climate change and food security

A team of researchers from IITA and their partners therefore engaged parliamentarians, permanent secretaries, commissioners, and civil society organizations in a discussion on the interaction between gender, climate change, and food security.

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National learning alliance gives input to Uganda’s Strategic Program on Climate Resilience

Smallholder farmers dominate the agricultural sector in Uganda and are most vulnerable to climate change because of poverty and reliance on natural resources. Uganda’s agriculture is rainfed and highly vulnerable to climate change. “Low use of external inputs like fertilizers and improved seed, poor land management, and high postharvest losses have further reduced the sector’s…

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What about climate change and coffee production?

A groundbreaking study in Tanzania has revealed figures quantifying the impact decades of climate change has had on coffee production with increasing night time temperatures shown to be the biggest climatic cause of diminishing coffee yields. While scientists had long predicted that global production of the Coffea arabica species would suffer from climate change, this…

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Nwoya District learning alliance provides an opportunity for inclusive climate change local planning

“None of us here will dispute that the climate in Nwoya has changed,” said the Chief Administrative Officer, Gabriel Bwayo, in his opening remarks at a recently concluded district climate change learning alliance meeting. “Nwoya climate of the 1980s is not the one we see today.” Bwayo explained that Nwoya is very hot but when…

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