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Can ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet?

Can ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet? One idea promoted at the Durban talks was “climate-smart agriculture," which could make crops less vulnerable to heat and drought and turn depleted soils into carbon sinks. The World Bank and African leaders are backing this new approach, but some critics are skeptical that it will benefit small-scale African farmers. by fred pearce The glacial pace of international efforts to curb climate change continued at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa last week. Governments concluded that by 2015 they should agree on legally binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions that involve all major nations — including China, India and the United States. But they also agreed that those targets would probably not come into force until 2020. The climate isn’t waiting for the diplomats. Most experts agree that by 2020...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/after_durban_can_climate_sma...

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