Date: Wednesday May 24 2017
“CSA-Plan”: Strategies to put CSA into practice
May 24, 10am EDT (New York Time)
Dr. Evan Girvetz, CIAT &
Dr.Todd Rosenstock, ICRAF
While many government and development agencies have committed to integrating CSA into their policies, programmes, plans and projects, there is little guidance for operational planning and implementation on ways to be climate-smart. Here we present “CSA-Plan”. CSA-Plan frames actions needed to design and execute CSA programs into four components-1) situation analysis, 2) targeting and prioritizing, 3) program design, and 4) monitoring and evaluation. Each component yields concrete information to operationalize CSA development separating it from traditional agriculture development. Already, CSA-Plan has shown the capacity to change the discussion around CSA implementation. With iterative co-development, the approaches are being refined and becoming more useful, relevant and legitimate to governments, civil society and the private sector alike.
Evan Girvetz is a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), leading projects for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). His research spans climate-smart agriculture (CSA), sustainable agricultural intensification, ecosystem services, environmental decision support, water resources management, and nature conservation planning. Dr. Girvetz works on these issues agricultural development programs and projects globally through innovative partnerships with the African Union New Partnership for African Development, the World Bank, USAID, government agencies, NGOs, the private sector, among others. Dr. Girvetz currently also holds an affiliate assistant professor position at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Todd Rosenstock is an Environmental Scientist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) where he investigates how smallholder agriculture affects the environment and society and vice versa. Dr. Rosenstock’s research applies observational and manipulative experiments, data synthesis and modeling techniques to understand the synergies and tradeoffs among food production, soil health and climate at farm- and landscape scales and optimize local and global benefits from agricultural systems in developing countries. Methods development for monitoring social and environmental change and CSA are integral theme of his current work. He is particularly interested in integrative, multidisciplinary science that can be applied to emerging environmental and development issues and thus is always keen to find ways to link science with public policy and programming. Dr. Rosenstock currently works in smallholder farming systems in East Africa and Latin America.