The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) recently organized a seminar to introduce private sector actors in East Africa to the many tools and resources available for the implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA).
The event attracted more than 200 experts on climate change and food security in the region of East Africa and beyond, who registered to listen to the speakers; 80 attended the event online.
Mr. Patel has been a prominent voice of the private sector in Kenya, including national planning processes of climate change.
According to Mr. Patel, for the management of climate change, the private sector will be the science-based tools to make appropriate decisions – science that focuses on evidence and reliability. In agriculture, these decisions will be aimed at the three emphasis on climate-smart agriculture – productivity and food security in the short term; resilience and long-term adaptation; and reducing emissions through landscapes, agriculture and food systems. KEPSA represents more than 100,000 direct and indirect members, and is the coordinating body for the private sector in Kenya.
The project Large Data CCAFS houses the most current “big facts” about climate change, agriculture and food security. Each fact is researched and provided with basic materials, photos and illustrations authority.
Agtrials.org is an information portal that provides access to a database on the performance of agricultural technologies at sites throughout the developing world. Based on decades of screening tests, most of the varieties, but includes any agricultural technology for developing world farmers.
The safe food maps provide analysis of future scenarios for food security in developing countries.
CCAFS Climate Portal provides data reduced Global Circulation Model (GCM), which allow professionals to assess climate impacts on agricultural systems scale.
Climate analogues, using one or more models of global climate, CCAFS analogues tool developed by making weather predictions for rain a particular site and look for places with similar conditions today. Armed with the knowledge of what they may face in the future, farmers, researchers and policy makers can determine their adaptation options based on real – unlike the crystal ball-gaze – models.
According to Mr. Patel, the private sector in Kenya and beyond have the opportunity to apply these tools and many others in areas such as farming tools based on remote sensing for crops; carbon stocks in the soil; pasture biomass sensors, pest and disease management, soil and nutrient management of genetic resources, among others.