Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

Stronger Rains in Warmer Climate Could Lessen Heat Damage to Crops, Says Study

Intensified rainstorms predicted for many areas in the United States as climate warms could more efficiently water some major crops, which would at least partially offset projected yield declines caused by rising heat itself.

by |August 10, 2020

Anillos de Crecimiento de los Árboles Revelan Aumento sin Precedentes en Extremos Climáticos en Sudamérica

Un nuevo Atlas Sudamericano de Sequía revela que las sequías severas expandidas y los períodos inusualmente húmedos sin precedentes han ido aumentando desde mediados del siglo XX.

by |July 7, 2020

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th century.

by |July 7, 2020

Huge Land Buys Are Driving Tropical Forest Destruction

A new study finds that investments to establish new oil palm or tree plantations seem to consistently have higher rates of forest loss than other types of activities, such as mining and logging.

by |June 22, 2020
Two field laborers pour harvested rice grains into a specially labeled packet

Climate Risk Insurance for Colombia’s Smallholder Rice Farmers

Insurance payouts based on weather conditions are helping to keep premiums low and enabling millions of farmers access to coverage previously unavailable to them.

by |June 4, 2020

ACToday Experts Take Part in Panel on Climate and Food Security

Experts discussed how climate and the coronavirus will affect food supply chains, and how university-led projects such as ACToday can help take on major challenges like these.

by |May 18, 2020
worker wearing face mask holding white roses

A Minority of Peruvian Mountain Farmers Benefit From Government Pandemic Programs

Many Peruvians sell roses to earn a living. A new government policy could make matters worse for small growers already hard hit by the pandemic.

by |May 15, 2020
fruit in a market in kenya

COVID-19 Disruptions: Understanding Food Security Implications

The pandemic will test our food and trade systems in ways never experienced before. Food security research Michael Puma helps unravel the complex interplay of risks.

by |April 22, 2020

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study

Scientists say a long-feared megadrought, worse than anything in recorded history, seems to be starting up in southwestern North America.

by |April 16, 2020
fields and wind turbines in ethiopia

ACToday Columbia World Project Enabling Insurance to Reach a Million Farmers in Ethiopia

Affordable insurance against droughts and other climate risks will help to improve food security and protect smallholder farmers.

by |April 7, 2020