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Climate Resilient Rice Practices in
Africa Get a Boost

Thanks to a $14 million grant from the Adaptation Fund, Cornell researchers adjust West African rice production to keep up with a changing climate.

Cornell Atkinson Fellow Erika Styger (CALS) is leading efforts to make rice more resilient to climate change and increase production through the Scaling up Climate Resilient Rice Production in West Africa project (RICOWAS).

"Adapting to climate change and addressing food insecurity in West Africa should start with caring for and regenerating the soils, which leads directly to healthy, resilient, and productive crops," says Styger.

"In the RICOWAS project, we will focus on just that by taking a holistic system's perspective while at the same time developing best agronomic practices smallholder farmers can implement readily and independently."

"I first met with Sahara and Sahel Observatory staff members as a delegate to the 2018 U.N. Climate Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, where we came up with the idea to develop this project together. It was Cornell Atkinson that supported my participation at the COP, which allowed for this important networking experience to happen."

Cornell Atkinson fosters these vital connections and funds research to increase food security across the globe. Projects span all agriculture, aquaculture, and wild food harvest systems to meet the nutritional needs of all those living today while enhancing the quality of life of those producing the food—and the land and ecosystems on which they depend. Increasing food security requires intervention at all stages of food production, processing, and consumption.

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Shifting Meetings, Conventions Online Curbs Climate Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a new way to reduce climate change: Nix in-person conventions. Putting meetings online can reduce carbon footprints by 94%, says a new study by Fellow Fengqi You (ENG) with early support from Cornell Atkinson.

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Glass Half Full: Cornell's COP26 Delegation Returns Informed, Inspired

Cornell's COP26 delegation fueled the climate conversation in Glasgow, building new and unexpected connections to catalyze extraordinary change with support from Cornell Atkinson.

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Climate-driven Disease Compromises Seagrass Health

In an oceanic omen for climate change's intensifying effects, Cornell-led research co-authored by Fellows Drew Harvell (CALS) and Carla Gomes (CIS), along with Research Fellows Olivia Graham and Lillian Aoki, shows that seagrass suffers from a wasting disease and root-system deterioration.

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Electric Uprising: What Will It Take to Make the Transition to Electric Vehicles?

Fellows Shanjun Li (Dyson) and Glen Dowell (JCB) weigh in on what it will take to transition to electric vehicles, and alumni explain their companies' roles in bring about this change.

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ESG Pressure Takes Center Stage at the 2021 Emerging Markets Institute Conference

Emerging markets are making progress in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts but also face hurdles, including metrics and governance. Fellow Lourdes Casanova (JCB) was among the presenters at this year's Emerging Markets Institute conference.

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Stem-cell Breakthrough Could Preserve Livestock Breeds

A livestock genome repository of living stem cell cultures developed by Vimal Selvaraj (CALS) and his lab could preserve livestock diversity to ensure sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change.

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