Tag: agriculture

In India, Reducing the Dependency on Monsoon Precipitation

by | 5.28.2014 at 3:47pm
India maps rainfall and crops cropped

The Centers for International Projects Trust has undertaken various low cost technological innovations to reduce the amount of water used for the production of rice and wheat in India. Such innovations not only reduce water usage in agriculture but also make farmers less vulnerable to climate variability, especially as it relates to the monsoon season.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm

The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.

Climate Training for Development Professionals

by | 12.4.2013 at 1:25pm

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the U.S. Agency for International Development will launch a new set of training webcasts geared for development professionals who want to be more fluent in the science that underpins their climate change adaptation projects.

Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks

by | 5.21.2013 at 10:22am
Participants in the December 2012 Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia workshop in Senegal visit farmers in Kaffrine that received climate forecasts for the first time in 2011. Photo by Alexa Jay, CCAFS

Recent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers, leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information.

Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

by | 4.12.2013 at 2:07pm
Satellite image courtesy NASA Goddard

Two Climate and Society students are working on a NASA DEVELOP project at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Learn about the research and visit their virtual posters.

Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

by | 4.1.2013 at 2:32pm
Fertilizing a corn field in Iowa. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Phosphorus is essential to human health and vital for food production. But are we using up phosphorus faster than we can economically extract it?

Achieving Sustainable Water, Energy and Agriculture in Gujarat, India

by | 2.19.2013 at 12:01pm | 3 Comments
Groundwater pump, Gujarat, India

Watch a video about the Columbia Water Center’s project to address a looming water crisis in north Gujarat, India.

Poor Ethiopian Farmers Receive ‘Unprecedented’ Insurance Payout

by | 12.11.2012 at 5:49pm

Thanks to a groundbreaking new program that relies on advanced satellite technology, a weather index insurance payout of unprecedented scale will benefit poor African farmers.

Predicting the Future of Soy in South America

by | 12.3.2012 at 11:10am
Arthur Featured

In this Q&A, Arthur M. Greene discusses improving climate and agricultural modeling in South America using a new stochastic simulation of future climate.

Breaking the Poverty Trap in Ethiopia: Subsistence, Satellites, and Some Other Important Stuff

by | 8.29.2012 at 1:30pm | 1 Comment

Two acres of cracked earth. In northern Ethiopia, it can be a trap that keeps farmers tethered to it for generations. Or it can be a springboard to a better life for this and future generations. What impedes it from showing its springier qualities? You could argue the biggest pressure on the land comes from the sky above it.