ACToday Archives - State of the Planet

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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
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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
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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
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John Furlow: Helping Developing Countries Adapt to Climate Change

He and his team are deploying seasonal climate forecasts and index insurance to help Vietnamese farmers plan ahead for changing weather, and to enhance food security.

by |April 2, 2020

Video: Launch of NextGen Climate Forecasting System in Colombia

In August of 2019, Colombia’s national meteorological service, IDEAM, launched a state-of-the-art climate forecasting system called NextGen.

by |March 11, 2020
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Report: Major Accomplishments of the ACToday Project

ACToday aims to combat hunger and improve food security by increasing climate knowledge in Ethiopia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala.

by |March 10, 2020

Subseasonal Forecasting for the Indian Monsoon

Climate scientist Nachiketa Acharya uses medium-term forecasts to help Indian farmers with planning and decision-making.

by |December 10, 2019
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Can We Predict ‘Climate Migrations’?

A prototype model considers climate and socioeconomic factors to see if displacements of people can be predicted and better explained.

by |December 5, 2019

Q&A with Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera on Coffee and Climate

How research at Columbia University is making coffee production more sustainable.