Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

Flooding Significantly Impacts African Food Security, Says Study

At a time when flooding is overtaking many parts of the world, millions of people in Africa are going hungry when croplands, livestock and infrastructure are inundated. But the results are complicated.

by |October 17, 2022
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Stop Making Farmers Pay to Fight Climate Change

Regenerative agriculture is one way to farm more sustainably. The Farm Bill, up for renewal in 2023, could play a key role in helping this solution come to fruition.

by Cassidy Pearson |October 6, 2022
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Applications Now Open: 2023 Virtual Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

The virtual training in May will provide an overview of pressing issues related to agricultural investments and introduce practical skills.

cake for 25th anniversary of IRI

25 Years of Translating Climate Science Into Action

The Columbia Climate School’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in an event on September 16.

by |September 30, 2022

Study Sees Potential Ways to Mitigate India’s Risk of Groundwater Depletion

Government-subsidized electricity has played a big role in pumping out groundwater for irrigation at an unsustainable rate. Changing the system could help, say researchers.

by |July 1, 2022
cynthia rosenzweig and colleagues

To Improve Climate and Food Futures, We Need More Rewards for Connection Makers

The networked approach taken by World Food Prize Laureate Cynthia Rosenzweig shows a path to progress in facing rapid climate and societal change.

by |June 6, 2022

Tea Gardens to the Rescue

We switched to deploying our equipment for imaging faults and the structure beneath the surface to tea gardens to get away from power lines and buried the cables to protect them from gnawing foxes.

by |May 12, 2022

Dealing With Rain and Rats

As we continued our geophysical measurements, we had to deal with heavy rains, flooding fields, and rats and foxes biting our cables. Many cables were broken soon after sunset, ruining the measurements.

by |May 9, 2022
Cynthia Rosenzweig

2022 World Food Prize Awarded to Columbia Climate Scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig

The award recognizes her pioneering work in modeling the impact of climate change on food production worldwide.

by |May 5, 2022
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Crowdsourcing to Build Better Insurance

In order to offer protective insurance to greater numbers of smallholder farmers, in 2021, the ACToday project began testing mobile crowdsourcing apps that tap into the experiences and memories of farmers themselves.

by |April 25, 2022