Linking evidence with action: the pathway to climate-smart agriculture

To be climate-smart means to adapt, for instance with drought and submergence tolerant varieties. Photo: G. Smith (CCAFS)

To be climate-smart means to adapt, for instance with drought and submergence tolerant varieties. Photo: G. Smith (CCAFS)

 

It is a huge challenge that we have to satisfy an ever-increasing demand for food under a changing, more variable climate. But it is a dilemma that we have to do so while also having to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A dilemma this is, partly because agriculture itself produces between 20 and 30 percent of overall global emissions.

Climate-smart agriculture is an attempt to solve precisely this dilemma.

In July, at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference in Paris, scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), working with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), discussed the practicability of climate-smart agriculture.

Their debate, titled “Climate-smart agriculture: propaganda or paradigm shift”, set out to clarify doubts and convince sceptics that CSA does have great potential.

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Blog by David Valentin Schweiger, CCAFS Coordinating Unit

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Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango is the communications specialist for climate change for the World Agroforestry Centre and is based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. With over 12 year’s experience in communication, she promotes the World Agroforestry Centre’s work on climate change, writes blogs and provides communication advice and support to scientists. Susan holds a MA communication studies and a BA in English.

Twitter: @susanonyango

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