CCAFS Releases Draft Report on Initial Site Selection for Research

4 February 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a draft report titled "Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains," which selects field sites in areas that are becoming drier and wetter for continued research on climate threats to agriculture and food security.

The CCAFS sites will focus on themes related to Adaptation to Progressive Climate Change, Adaptation through Managing Climate Risk, and Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation. The site descriptions include local activities, current CGIAR research and existing data. CGIAR partners and local stakeholders were involved in site selection based on 14 criteria, including: likelihood of scaling up; transferable results; local knowledge; mitigation potential; and gradients of variability. Within larger sites, CCAFS identified specific areas of 10x10 km and 30x30 km blocks to include variation. CCAFS will continue to implement baseline surveys at household and community level at a selection of the initial 36 sites. Sites were selected in: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Bangladesh, India and Nepal. [Publication: Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains (Draft)] [CCAFS Press Release]