Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

What’s Climate Doing to Guatemala’s Coffee?

Diego Pons discusses his recent work on exploring the relationships between several climatic variables and coffee productivity in a region of Guatemala.

by |December 13, 2018

Q&A: Climate Information for Food Systems

Scientists at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society are studying how much climate plays a role in the global food supply, identifying food system vulnerabilities in specific areas, using new kinds of climate information in agricultural modeling, and more.

by |December 12, 2018

Q&A: Using Farmers’ Perceptions as Data

Researchers at IRI have been developing index insurance, which would provide a safety net for farmers who experience devastating climate events such as droughts and floods that severely impact their crop yields.

Lessening the Impacts of Climate Shocks to Agriculture

In this video, IRI’s Lisa Goddard discusses index insurance and forecast-based financing as tools to reduce climate impacts in vulnerable communities.

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After Ten Years of Index Insurance, What’s Next?

Insurance helps to increase the food system’s resiliency to climate shocks, and encourages farmers to make more productive and sustainable decisions.

by |October 24, 2018

Researchers Say an 1800s Global Famine Could Happen Again

The Global Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, killing as many people as World War II. A new analysis suggests it could happen again, only worse because of climate change.

by |October 12, 2018

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture: Applications Now Open!

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s annual training session will be held at Columbia University in New York City in June 2019. Applications are now open, and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

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Almond Orchards in California: Healthy or Hazardous?

Why California almonds get such a bad rap.

by |September 5, 2018
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Farmers and Climate Scientists Have More in Common Than You May Think

An eighth-generation farmer and student explains how science seeks to quantify and understand the changes that farmers understand intuitively.

by |August 30, 2018
CIESIN team members of the new project Geo-eferenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3), seated around a table.

The Intersection of Climate Science and Hope: A Personal Story

A man from Mali explains why he spent his summer working with Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

by |August 30, 2018