Climate Smart Agriculture
CSA Themes

Climate smart agriculture is a way to achieve short and long term agricultural development priorities in the face of climate change and serve as an integrator to other development priorities. CSA seeks to support countries and other actors in securing the necessary policy, technical and financial conditions to enable them to:

1. Sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in order to meet national food security and development goals.

2.  Build resilience and the capacity of agricultural and food systems to adapt to climate change.

3.  Seek opportunities to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases and increase carbon sequestration.

Below are some of our main CSA themes:

Climate Information Service

Climate uncertainty often influences farmer’s decisions. From time immemorial, farmers have used indigenous knowledge and traditional coping strategies to adapt to changes in weather and climatic conditions.  However, by accessing climate information, farmers can make better use of new technologies and market opportunities thus reducing uncertainty. Combined with other climate-smart interventions such as rainwater harvesting,… Read more »

Enabling Frameworks

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) needs to be mainstreamed into core government programmes with appropriate priority given to public support of CSA. This process should be developed consistently with ongoing national climate-resilient long term visions, such as the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate… Read more »

Insurance and Safety nets

Insurance and safety nets are a subset of social protection. The poorest and most food insecure households and communities are risk averse and face significant barriers to adopting livelihood strategies that would allow them to enhance their food and nutrition security in the face of increased climate risks. Resource transfers provided through safety nets ensure… Read more »

Knowledge Management

Making agricultural production and management systems climate-smart is a highly knowledge-intensive process thus current gaps in knowledge and capacity need to be addressed systematically. Due to the uncertain and dynamic nature of climate change impacts, a transition towards climate-smart agriculture requires socio-institutional learning processes that utilize the innovation potential of agricultural systems. To achieve food… Read more »

Local Adaptation Planning and Governance

Local adaptation planning is focused on research that provides solutions to generating an enabling environment at sub-national scale for climate-smart agricultural adoption. This may be through exploration of public policy instruments and mainstreaming of adaptation in development plans, or through examination of other institutional arrangements at local sub-national scales that provide effective incentive mechanisms to… Read more »


Partnership is a critical step to achieve a systematic change in how to address the challenge of providing food security and improving livelihoods in the face of climate change. Through working together, Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) can be moved to the next level. Partners who are committed to transforming Africa’s agriculture include regional economic communities (RECs),… Read more »

Technologies and Practices

Generations of researchers and practitioners have sought appropriate ways for smallholder farmers in Africa to increase their production and productivity, given their resource constraints. A number of technologies have been developed, tested and adopted by smallholder farmers. Under this theme, partners will share practical steps which smallholder farmers can take to adapt their agricultural practices… Read more »

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