Online support for trials (Climate, Soil & Socioeconomic Information)

The Generation Atlas uses map server technology to allow users to explore opportunities for and constraints to agricultural production throughout the world. Developed for the Generation Challenge Programme, it is a comprehensive compilation of online maps and tools for researchers, students, policy analysts and others interested in crop improvement.

The Global Agricultural Trial Repository is an information portal developed by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) which provides access to a database on the performance of agricultural technologies at sites across the developing world. It builds on decades of evaluation trials, mostly of varieties, but includes any agricultural technology for developing world farmers. This project will standardize data and information to the benefit of climate change analyses, future multi-environment trials and research and development in international agriculture.is The potrtal includes the 68 main trials sites of Generation Challenge Programme projects (out of more than 800 global trial sites). 18 of these sites have received weather stations under the field sites infrastructure improvement programme of the Integrated Breeding Platform Project.

The Climate Analogues Site of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) provides climate analogues for any place in the world. These are places that in the present time have the future climate of other places given trends in clomate change. This is valuable for planning for climate change mitigations, using real life present day examples. Spatial analogues identify areas whose climate today appears as a likely analogue to future projected climate for another location, and thus represent promising areas for comparative research on adaptation plans. For instance, the tool could be used to arrange farmer exchanges between climatic analogue sites to improve knowledge sharing among communities (at the most basic, local, and small scale) and to provide research opportunities to study whether successful adaptation options in one place are transferrable to a future climatic analogue site (at a larger, more global scale). In that vein, research may seek to identify possible social, cultural, institutional, or economic obstacles to adaptive change. Temporal analogues make use of past climates as representative time series of future climate, allowing us to identify historic events that might provide insight into the possible future consequences of climate change. In particular, historical data can show us about past behavioral change and how agricultural communities successfully adapt or fail to do so. These case studies can be analyzed for lessons learned, thus building understanding on the best ways to improve climate resilience or enable adaptation.

 

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