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Climate-smart agriculture

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Climate change already affects agricultural productivity – especially of poor smallholder farmers. By 2030, 90% of the world’s major crops, including maize, rice and wheat, will experience reduced or stagnant growth rates as a result of climate change. It is therefore essential that farmers are supported to adopt climate-smart agriculture to sustain their livelihoods.

Our approach

The promise of climate-smart agriculture will only be realised with innovative market-led delivery mechanisms. Support for innovations such as the use of stress-tolerant seeds, weather insurance and new climate finance models capitalises on existing market mechanisms and new ICT solutions. In parallel CTA continues to build an evidence base showing the benefits of adopting CSA at the farm level in ACP countries.

Critical to success will be our continued partnerships on the ground, or with intermediaries (agribusinesses, insurers and weather services), knowledge generators and policy makers.

Impact stories

Key figures

CTA shows the benefits of adopting Climate Smart Agriculturein ACP countries

74K

FARMERS DIGITALLY PROFILED

48,5K

FARMERS RECEIVE WEATHER & ADVISORY SERVICES ELECTRONICALLY

8K

FARMERS HAVE INFORMATION ON DROUGHT TOLERANT SEEDS

400

AGRO-DEALERS TRAINED ON CSA AND DROUGHT TOLERANCE

CTA and climate change

in Blog

Adopting climate-smart agricultural innovations in Southern Africa: Knowledge alone is not enough

by Mariam Kadzamira and Oluyede Ajayi

Some say that knowledge is power. In the knowledge age, information and ideas are touted as raw materials that are as important as other tangible resources such as land, labour and money. In the agriculture sector, this is also true, with information playing key roles in farmer adaptation and resilience building. But recent experiences from a field project to upscale climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Southern Africa show that by itself, knowledge of proven climate smart agricultural innovation is not enough to ensure farmer uptake.

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