S. Malyon (CIAT)

photo S. Malyon (CIAT)

Written by: Leigh Winowiecki and Caroline Mwongera

“Stakeholders coming together can achieve more impact”

So was the message from 54 participants at a workshop aimed at sharing experiences about different approaches to outscaling climate smart agriculture (CSA) using prioritization tools.

The CSA knowledge sharing workshop took place on May 20 2015 with participants from CGIAR centres, NGOs, private sector and the Kenyan government, all gathered to interactively discuss and share pathways for outscaling CSA.“There are a lot of people, national institutes and international organizations working with farmers in Africa. Many of them have developed their own successful tools and methods and all have valuable experiences from which others can learn. We are committed to come together more to share and learn from each other,” said Leigh Winowiecki, CIAT soil scientist and one of the event organizers.

Collectively they showcased, discussed and shared over 14 CSA Prioritization Tools during a Tools Bazaar. The presentations showed that a diversity of approaches are being applied across a variety of scales.

For example, CARE International has developed a Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) tool and CIAT has led the development of the climate-smart agriculture rapid appraisal (CSA-RA), both emphasize participatory approaches at community and district levels.

In addition, the landscapeportal.org developed by ICRAF GeoScience Lab uses advanced statistical mapping techniques on an open source platform to target interventions, for example through the  development of county-specific interactive “dashboards”.

Read more on the workshop on the CIAT Blog