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Climate-smart agriculture: opening new frontiers of knowledge and development action

March 16, 2015

On the eve of the 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA) took part in an international working session to secure inputs from global “invite only” participants in order to develop the Knowledge Action Group (KAG) action plan. One of the key sub-group discussions was on the evidence for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). This session was facilitated by Dr. Olu Ajayi, CTA Senior Programme Coordinator.

The Global Science Conference, taking place from 16-18 March, seeks to discuss the state-of-the-science of CSA, and particularly the strategies, key questions and solutions to address it at both global and regional levels. After the previous two editions held in the Netherlands (2011) and United States (2013), this year, the Conference is being organised in Montpellier, France, and hosted by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development.  

intelligent copyAs part of the Conference, CTA has been invited to take part in the international working session of the Knowledge Action Group of the Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (GACSA), on Sunday 15 March 2015. The working session was by invitation only and participants were selected from global audience on the basis of relevant experience and contributions to the development of CSA worldwide. The international meeting of the group was organised by the FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). 

Climate-smart agriculture can and does make a difference

CTA has recently been championing climate-smart farming practices by documenting and disseminating success stories from farming communities around the world that are successfully adapting to shifts in temperature and rainfall, and in some cases mitigating climate change. Jointly published by CTA and CCAFS, the publication describes 18 farming-related activities that have helped to reduce farmers' vulnerability to climate change, improve food security and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Download the statement emanating from the event.  

 What is the Global Climate-Smart Alliance?

The GACSA, launched on 23 September 2014 at the UN Climate Summit by the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki Moon, seeks to improve people’s food security and nutrition in the face of climate change. Three action groups have been created to support the identification of the key priority areas of work:
1-     Knowledge Action Group, co-led by FAO and CGIAR/CCAFS.
2-     Enabling Environment Action group, co-led by South Africa, Vietnam and the Netherlands with facilitation provided by GFAR.
3-     Investment Action Group, looking at how investments can be generated, combined and linked to achieve integrative approaches to climate change, agriculture and food security.  

Learn more on the Global Climate-Smart Alliance http://www.fao.org/climate-smart-agriculture/en