Leading image


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

Green shoots for the future


smallholder received access to climate information services


CEOs and officials trained on climate smart agriculture in Zambia in 2017


of farmed land in Africa is rain-fed


people in Africa may be exposed to water-stress caused by climate change

Stay connected

Drought resilience View all in Drought resilience

Transmitting satellite information to farmers’ mobile phones

Access to timely and precise weather information is critical for smallholder farmers to make informed decisions and improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, high temperatures, floods and a rise in pests and diseases. This was a key message at the recent review of an on-going project to scale up climate-smart agricultural solutions to smallholder farmers in three countries in southern Arica region.

Read More

The road to climate-resilient cereal and livestock farming

World Food Day the climate-smart way

Building climate-resilient cereal and livestock farming in southern Africa

Climate finance View all in Climate finance

Boosting agriculture through innovative lending partnerships

The growth of small-scale agriculture in developing countries is being held back by critical underfunding. To address this challenge, CTA was the organizer of an international conference which explored an innovative approach for agricultural finance – the blending of private, philanthropic and public funding to leverage capital flows into smallholder value chains. The Blending4Ag conference was held to improve practices in mobilising agricultural finance, and help forge new partnerships for mitigating and sharing risks in smallholder funding.

Read More

Rural finance key to agricultural development

Boosting agriculture through innovative public-private lending partnerships

Enhancing inclusive finance access for agriculture in Africa

Weather insurance View all in Weather insurance

Open data for smallholder weather information services

There is a range of current weather information that are available on the internet. Ready access to ‘open weather data’ means that there is a huge potential for embedding weather information into a variety of web and mobile applications that would be helpful to smallholder farmers. In November 2017, CTA brought together practitioners, policy makers and academics in The Hague to explore practical and strategic challenges in adapting open weather data for applications that smallholder farmers could exploit to drive productivity.

Read More

Insurance: incentive for climate resilience

Ensuring food and income security by making farmers resilient to climate change

Reliable weather data impacting on farmers' yields