Climate-adaptation effort cuts hunger in African villages
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Gilbert N. 2015. Climate-adaptation effort cuts hunger in African villages: Shift in farming techniques reduces number of households eating one or no meals each day. Nature International weekly Journal of Science.
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An ambitious project to help smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change has significantly reduced hunger at test sites in East Africa. In seven villages in Kenya, for example, the number of households that experience at least two months per year with one or no meals per day fell by roughly 60 percentage points over a period of four years. The African sites are part of an effort to turn villages on five continents into labs, testing new farming techniques, crop varieties and livestock breeds to improve food security in the face of climate change. Run by the CGIAR, a global partnership focused on agricultural research for food security, the project will present initial results from its 22 'climate-smart villages' at a conference in Montpellier, France, on 16–18 March.