Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations

We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers prepare for another round of climate change negotiations in December in Lima, Peru, they are no longer only >> Read more

Local warming and violent conflict in Sudan

This blog was originally written for Ideas for Africa The study presented here sheds new light on the link between the occurrence of weather shocks and violence by looking at the case of Sudan and South Sudan. Using geographically-disaggregated data from 1997 to 2009, it finds that higher temperatures greatly affect the risk of conflict. >> Read more

Index-based insurance: a pathway out of poverty?

Cross-posted from CCAFS A recent workshop sought solutions to index insurance challenges If the rains fail, a farmer can lose everything. With even the chance of a bad year, investing in new crop varieties and technologies might be too risky. Year after year, she’s caught in the trap of low production. Weather index-based insurance emerged at the >> Read more

New Funding for Foresight Modeling Under PIM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently approved a new three-year phase of funding for the Global Futures Strategic Foresight Program. The Program was developed to evaluate the potential impact of new technologies particularly important to poor consumers and smallholder farmers. Phase 2 will build upon initial efforts and will further develop the program as >> Read more