We integrate climate-smart agriculture throughout our programs to sustainably increase productivity, build resilient food systems, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We train farmers on adaptive practices and technologies — such as soil conservation, erosion prevention, and greenhouse production — as well as the use of drought-tolerant seed varieties, micro-irrigation kits, and solar-powered dryers. We also expand access to multi-peril crop insurance and strengthen government capacity to develop and operationalize climate-sensitive policies.
SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village
Learn how the SERVIR program is harnessing the power of science and technology for development in this two minute video narrated by Astronaut Mae Jemison.
Climate Resilience in the Market System
How does climate resilience relate to markets? David Dyer, former chief of party of the Sri Lanka Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) project, shares his insights.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
Creating Economic Growth in Haiti
Investing in Haiti's agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
Breaking Down Barriers to Agribusiness in Uganda
In Uganda, where half of all exports are agricultural, crop yields are low, but the public and private sectors are collaborating to improve agricultural production and make it easier for farmers to do business.
Changing Lives in Haiti Through Agriculture
Sixty percent of people in Haiti rely on the agriculture sector to survive, and although crop yields are still extremely low by international standards, progress is being made.
Namibian Farmers Fight Effects of Climate Change with Conservation Agriculture
Climate change is devastating crops and livelihoods in Namibia's Kavango region. Conservation agriculture offers farmers hope and the ability to mitigate the impact of an uncertain, changing environment.
3 Questions with Chris Perine on Climate Solutions for a Changing Planet
In this three-part series, Chris Perine, Chemonics’ director of corporate environmental sustainability, answers questions about how the global development community can adapt to effectively address the climate crisis. His recommendations include areas for further climate research, more thoughtful and human-centered use of data, and new approaches to development programming. 1) What type of research…
Combating Climate Change with Data-Driven Development
The mechanics of drilling a well are straightforward. Knowing where, how, and whether to drill that well amid extreme conditions wrought by climate change poses a whole new challenge. International development experts, confronting the complexities of rising temperatures, shifting rainfall patterns, and extreme weather, are adding new data-driven approaches to their toolkits to drill that…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
To Improve Water Management, Start Local
Rivers are the world’s main source of clean drinking water, and their economic and environmental value are fundamental to the health of people and ecosystems. However, river basins face interrelated challenges — population growth, industrialization, urbanization, land use changes (including deforestation and land degradation), and changes in water quantity and quality. Climate change acts as…
Climate-Smart Agriculture Means Changing Policies, Not Just Changing Techniques
By 2030, global food producers will need to feed an estimated 8.3 billion people, reflecting an increase of about 1 billion from the world’s population in 2015. Nearly one-third of the world’s current population, or approximately 2.5 billion people, depend on agriculture for their livelihood. However, increasingly frequent severe weather events caused by climate change…
Building a Stronger Business Case for Resiliency Planning in Asia
The landmark 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) Paris Agreement recognized the need for a multi-pronged approach to reach the ambitious development goals set by 195 countries, 34 of which are in Asia. With one-third of the world’s total population, Asia is increasingly vulnerable to climate change due to its low-lying, heavily populated coastlines and dependency…
3 Questions with Mario Kerby: A Voyage Through the Watershed
Feed the Future West/WINNER combined elements of both an agricultural program and an environmental conservation program in Haiti. How did the project balance both goals? Conservation and agricultural development are very closely connected. Our project began as a large watershed program and then its mandate expanded when the 2010 earthquake happened eight months in. It…
3 Questions with Robert Anyang: Feeding the Next Generation in Uganda
Youth engagement in agriculture is an important component of many agricultural development programs. Why is it so important to reach youth? Firstly, the current population that’s engaged in agriculture in Uganda has an average age of around 65 years old. As that population stops farming in the next five to 10 years, who will feed…
3 Questions with Patrick Rader on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Patrick Rader served as chief of party of the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity (CPM), which harnesses market forces and uses innovative methods to increase the productivity of Ugandan families. CPM reduces poverty and under-nutrition by increasing the quantity and quality of coffee, maize, and beans that rural families are able…