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From searching to finding – climate change solutions that work for farmers

August 19, 2015

A working session on 15 case studies of climate solutions that work for farmers has been held at CTA. A group of 23 participants and five CTA staff met to review the examples of proven techniques that farmers have used to respond to climate change in ACP countries. 

The three-day gathering, held from August 5-7, was part of a CTA project to document existing practices, tools and policies that have helped farmers to continue to produce food in the face of a changing climate, as well as understand the impacts of such solutions and identify partners to scale up the most promising interventions.

climate lady 250Following an initial evaluation process of 221 proposals, the 15 most promising solutions, drawn from across five ACP regions, the European Union and the United States, were selected and awarded a grant. Prior to attending the working session at CTA headquarters in Wageningen, the leaders of each of the winning proposals made substantial progress with field work and preparation of their reports.

Solutions covered by the case studies include farmers' practices on adaptation, mechanisms for financing climate risks, and effective deployment of ICT tools to counter climate change impacts on agricultural production.

"There is a considerable amount of information about the challenges of climate change and the impact on agriculture, but less on solutions to those challenges," said Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator for Agricultural and Rural Development Policies at CTA. "The main question is how do we identify proven solutions and, and mobilize partnership and other resources to implement climate solutions that work for farmers on a larger scale? We are currently working with partners to scale up the most promising solutions presented at this session."

The working session resulted in a standardised format for documenting evidence on best agricultural practices for climate change, as well as a validated report for each case study and a strategy for scaling up the most appropriate solutions – a process that includes pinpointing key partners and partnership arrangements for resource mobilisation. A communication and media strategy will help to disseminate results from the winning proposals, with various outputs planned, including a short book to illustrate the 15 best climate change solutions for ACP agriculture.

Thomas Hassing, from the University of Wageningen who participated in the workshop, described the benefits as follows. "All in all, this workshop proved to be tremendously helpful at many different levels: exemplary projects on the mitigation of the consequences of climate change, deeper insider knowledge of how these projects are put into practice and the problems and opportunities they face, and the people and parties that work together to make all this possible."

Another participant, Cheryl Thomas, from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), added that "there are many connections and insights that we will bring back with us to the Pacific. [...] Many thanks to the CTA team and to all the event participants for sharing their work and their spirits of openness and collaboration."

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