Putting the private sector at the centre of climate-smart agriculture

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This brief draws on three cases to show how the private sector contributes to the conceptualisation, design, delivery and evaluation of climate-smart agricultural interventions and can help bring them to scale.

Engaging the private sector in CSA interventions enhances the applicability – and thus the sustainability of interventions, increases uptake and delivers a triple win for donors, beneficiaries and the private sector. They emphasise that private-sector players will be more likely to engage in scaling-up of CSA when they can see a compelling business case to justify their investments.

The recent CTA workshop on ‘implementing climate-smart solutions for next-generation ACP agriculture’ identified four fundamental challenges to address: increase uptake and adoption of interventions and solutions, make more convincing cases for climate-smart interventions to farmers, promote appropriate policy frameworks and processes, and improve information, communication and feedback flows that enhance awareness and better connect actors and interventions. Interventions that work were targeted at five climate-smart priorities: expanding the evidence base, developing supportive policy frameworks, building stronger institutions, devising alternative financing options and prioritising farm-centric implementation.

This brief by Una May Gordon, Thomas Were and Oluyede Ajayi draws on three cases to show how the private sector contributes to the conceptualisation, design, delivery and evaluation of climate-smart agricultural interventions and can help bring them to scale. Engaging the private sector in CSA interventions enhances the applicability – and thus the sustainability of interventions, increases uptake and delivers a triple win for donors, beneficiaries and the private sector. They emphasise that private-sector players will be more likely to engage in scaling-up of CSA when they can see a compelling business case to justify their investments.