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IFPRI turns 40

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Forty years ago, PIM's lead center, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was founded to provide research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. On November 18, IFPRI marks the occasion with “IFPRI at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”  The event will be livestreamed and can be followed at #IFPRI40.

This day-long event brings together policymakers, partners, donors, staff and alumnae, and other friends of IFPRI to discuss how food policy has evolved over the past four decades and the key issues that may be faced in the future.  In the evening, IFPRI will formally launch the new global initiative, Compact2025, which seeks to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025.

In honor of this anniversary, IFPRI has produced a series of 12 stories reflecting on its food policy research since 1975. This includes its work on sustainable agricultural production, markets and trade, gender, nutrition, and partnerships with key countries, including Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

In addition, throughout 2015 current IFPRI researchers and alumni have blogged about their work on the 40th anniversary blog series.

Congratulations to our colleagues at IFPRI -- PIM looks forward to celebrating together many more anniversaries of "Making a Difference Through Food Policy Research."


Disposal of CIP-Kenya vehicle

Latest ILRI announcements -

Kindly find attached vehicle disposal note for CIP vehicle. CIP-Nairobi invites all interested staff to bid for the vehicle by way of closed tender. A tender box will be set up in CIP offices – CIP Admin Officers’ office.

Key information:

  • The vehicles will be available for viewing at ILRI parking from November 18th, 2015 to November 22nd 2015.
  • Bids can be dropped in the tender box (CIP Offices) during the viewing period but the closing date for all bids is COB November 25th, 2015 . The closing date will be observed regardless of any unforeseeable extension.
  • Bids will be opened in the CIP meeting room on Tuesday November 27th, 2015 at 3pm.

Please see the attachment for further details and feel free to contact me if you require further information.

Chris Kioko, Administration Officer

Climate data also for non-climate scientists

CRP 7 News -

The CCAFS-Climate portal emerges at a time of growing need for high-resolution climate data to assess the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Global Circulation Models (GCMs) are one of the few tools researchers currently have to study the effects of long-term progressive climate change; however, their outputs are still too coarse to assess impacts on the environment. Thus, the CCAFS-Climate data portal aims to produce and offer high resolution climate data, updated and easy-to-access, for researchers and non-researchers who use the data in applications ranging from biodiversity and agriculture (especially crop modeling and agro-climatology) to ecosystem functioning. The portal now houses global datasets of climate change projections downscaled using several methodologies.


Percentage of publications using CCAFS-Climate data in different fields of application. Most of the downloaded data is being used by scientific researchers, and its use includes a number of impact studies which generated greater understanding of these topics.

Data in the hands of non-scientists

Although the majority of data downloads from the platform are from scientists in academia and research institutes, CCAFS-Climate is also having significant impact by putting high resolution climate change information in the hands of non-climate scientists and next users, which represent up to 19% of all CCAFS-Climate users (e.g. NGOs, foundations, non-research international/national organizations, donors and governmental institutions). The portal has successfully moved beyond its immediate sphere of influence and now has a broad, multidisciplinary and global user base that employs the data to support impact and adaptation analyses in multiple target and non-target CCAFS sectors.

Specifically, non-scientific users report that CCAFS-Climate data were used for:

  • Generation of early warning information for government use.
  • Studies of climate change at the country-level for informing decision makers.
  • Government planning purposes.
  • Informing crop insurance policy development and water policy development.
  • Agro-climatic and vulnerability assessment, especially in developing countries.
  • Adaptive capacity enhancement in developing countries.
  • Understanding downscaled climate modeling in order to create more robust impact assessments.
CCAFS-Climate in numbers

From its creation, the total number of visits to the portal has reached more than 100,000 and the total number of downloads 470,000. About 2,200 institutions from 185 countries have used the portal for a range of purposes. The users included around 400 non-research institutions from 60 countries, indicative of the portal’s popularity outside of the research community.

Refereed publications using CCAFS-Climate data have also ascended to more than 300. Only last year (2014), there were 135 citations using data from the CCAFS-Climate portal (3 times more than 2013), including 6 book chapters, 21 theses & reports and 108 peer-reviewed articles. See these studies and more in the Citations section.

What can we expect in the future?

Given the importance of this portal for supporting impact and adaptation analyses, in 2015, we plan to make available climate data in the format of common crop models (i.e. DSSAT and APSIM), in order to help facilitate the use of the data in crop modeling studies. This involves the development of an improved interface which allows for the display and query of raw GCM data from CMIP5 and processed daily data with several bias-correction methodologies. It would likely increase its use amongst crop modelers in general and therefore increase the website impact.

Other new datasets and functionalities are upcoming.

For more information please contact us, or:

Building momentum for climate-smart agriculture in West Africa

CRP 7 News -

Andreea Nowak, Environmental Policy Specialist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), recently visited Ghana, Niger and Senegal to meet with representatives of national and international institutions and build teams that will be critical to scaling out climate-smart agriculture (CSA) initiatives in West Africa.

Partnering for impact

Building a strong network of diverse CSA stakeholders from local actors to international agencies in order to increase the uptake of climate-smart agriculture in the developing world is a top priority for CCAFS’s ‘Partnerships for Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture (P4S)’ flagship project and CIAT’s USAID funded project on ‘CSA Strategic Support for Feed the Future Stakeholders and National Institutions’ that aligns with P4S. The projects aim to open discussion about CSA with decision-makers and donors, and build on the increasing global demand for strategies to address CSA.

Nowak’s trip to West Africa included meeting with USAID regional and country missions, Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, scientific research institutes, donors and development partners including the World Bank, the High Commission of Canada in Ghana, the World Food Program, and civil society members such as CARE International. Key projects, policies, and programs linked with building climate resilience were explored along with opportunities for financing the out-scaling of CSA in the region. Further discussions with these organizations and individuals clarified how P4S and CIAT research can best complement existing efforts.

Profiling and prioritizing CSA

Specific CSA decision-support products will be utilized to evaluate pathways to achieving the CSA goals of increased food security, resilience, and low-carbon development with partners. CSA Country Profiles are being established to identify baselines of ongoing CSA action and enabling environments in six countries throughout Africa. Profiles include assessments of vulnerabilities to climate change, CSA practices of high interest, institutional and policy opportunities, and funding avenues. These will be followed in Ghana and Ethiopia with in-depth analyses, through use of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework, to determine where investment can have the greatest impact and provide best value for money.

The prioritization relies on a highly inclusive process where organizations and individuals provide insights on the effectiveness of CSA options for each country. Many of the study countries are also highly diverse regarding cultural, political and economic contexts, requiring any CSA planning to be appropriately tailored to these needs and iterative to take on new future challenges.

P4S initiatives aim to build space for co-learning around existing and promising responses to address agriculture and climate change challenges. The model for developing P4S and the USAID project has been positively received by stakeholders, indicating its ability to link evidence with makers in accessible and actionable ways.

Integrating CSA into policy and programs

There is a great opportunity to better integrate CSA into existing regional and national frameworks that aim to achieve the CSA goals. The launch of the West Africa Alliance for CSA this past June demonstrates one example where action is being coordinated regionally to mainstream CSA through National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and other regional and national policies and plans.

In Senegal, the government is currently developing its NAP, integrating lessons for building adaptation strategies and prioritizing agricultural practices that address economic development in the face of climate change. In Ghana, actors are also interested in assistance on policy design, specifically on how national legislation can integrate baseline assessments on resilience building.

In Niger, Nowak participated in a high-level panel organized by the World Bank and the High Commission on the 3N initiative (Nigeriens Nourish Nigeriens), where pathways were explored for addressing agricultural risks and achieving food security in the Niger. Nowak presented CIAT’s research in the region and the P4S approach of promoting evidence based decision-making around CSA (see slideshow below):


These initiatives were seen as complementary to other efforts to build climate resilience in the country, such as the World Bank’s $111 million investment in CSA related projects.

With ongoing collaboration between CIAT, CCAFS, USAID missions and in-country actors, the aim will be to complement and invigorate existing efforts on CSA in the region. This will be done by providing the information needed to make sound investment decisions and roll out implementation on-the-ground to achieve impact at the scale needed to transform agriculture systems in face of climate-change.

Learn more

Download publication: Climate-smart tools for Africa

Models, Tools and Data: Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework


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