Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) describes agricultural practices, approaches and systems that sustainably and reliably increase food production and the ability of farmers to earn a living while protecting or restoring the environment. The Africa CSA alliance aims to build the food and nutrition security of the rural poor so that farm families have access to enough nutritious food at all times, even in the face of a changing climate.
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Six million smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa will be empowered by 2021 through climate smart agriculture practices, approaches and systems.

CSA practices enable farming communities to:

•    Sustainably and reliably increase agricultural productivity and incomes;
•    Adapt and build resilience to extreme weather events and a changing climate; and
•    Where appropriate, contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and concentrations.

The Alliance is coordinated by a pan-African steering committee comprising its executive members, together representing government, research institutions and civil society.

The Africa CSA alliance is committed to action, and to maximising the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of scaling-up activities. Many of its members and supporters have substantial expertise in scaling-up CSA, and collectively provide a strong foundation for developing effective collaborative approaches.

Preliminary vulnerability and capacity assessments have been conducted across Africa, and regionally appropriate activities prioritised. The Alliance is working with relevant government ministries and other key stakeholders to harmonise existing plans and initiatives in a growing number of sub-Saharan African countries. Currently, national CSA scaling-up plans are being developed in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Alliance members are currently developing high-level concepts for each country. Country sub-committees will be formed, including as far as possible all major stakeholders working in each country. These sub-committees will refine concepts to ensure they are contextually appropriate and will develop detailed proposals.

 

Brochures

A presentation on a Strategic framework to catalyse “accelerated scaling-up of CSA in Africa” Convened by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD AGENCY)....

Case Studies

The primary purpose of the study was to identify and document the Best Practices of Climate Smart Agriculture that can be shared, scaled up and scaled out in order to mitigate the effects of climate change on food security and livelihoods. The three Eastern African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia...

 The CSA approach promotes increased agricultural productivity, adaptation to climate change and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. The primary purpose of the study is to identify and document the Best Practices of climate smart agriculture (in the crops and livestock sub sectors) that...

The adverse impacts of climate change and variability are a threat to the ecosystems and livelihoods of communities in Africa. Severe droughts, floods and extreme weather events are occurring with greater frequency and intensity in the region. The opportunity offered by Climate Smart Agriculture...

This study focused on three countries in the West and Central African regions – Nigeria, Cameroun, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - is a component of an Africa– wide effort. The goal is to provide baseline data on the status of knowledge on CSA in Africa. ...

Communique

Communique of 1st African Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance Forum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13-15 May 2015...

Communique of 2nd African Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance Forum under the theme 'From Agreement to Action: Implementing African INDCs for Growth and Resilience in Agriculture', Nairobi, Kenya from 11-13 October 2016....

Meeting Documents

This document is concept note for the 2nd Africa CSA Alliance Forum, convened by NEPAD Agency in liaison with the Government of Kenya and support from GIZ, FAO, IFAD and the NEPAD-iNGO Alliance on CSA. ...

The 14th Session of AMCEN called for the creation of an African Environment Partnership Platform (AEPP) to “coordinate, mobilise resources, foster knowledge and align support for the implementation of the Environment Action Plan” The goal of the platform is to promote sustainable environment...

The launch of the Africa CSA Alliance and the Africa CSA Alliance Forum is a critical milestone in facilitating the sharing and learning on the various CSA initiatives and thereby fostering alignment and harmonisation in the responses and initiatives of African institutions...

Policy Briefs

Climate Diplomacy is the interface between national interest debates and international cooperation. It ensures the accurate assessment of other countries’ interests and intentions, and finds the space for agreement. This is essential for establishing the links between domestic...

This policy brief gives a highlight of the key outcomes, Africa’s expectations and priorities before COP21, and more importantly, the implications for Africa. Additionally, the brief identifies policy responses needed to promote the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa’s major sectors...

Policy Report

The African Pavilion at COP21 aimed to host various presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions to address climate change and sustainable development topics relevant to Africa. This report is a compilation of over 100  side events that took place at the African Pavilion during...

Publications

In spite of the development of several Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies and the positive gains arising from those technologies, wide scale adoption of CSA practices remains problematic in Africa. There are several barriers that prevent smallholder farmers in Africa from adopting CSA...

This study has set out to analyze the barriers and opportunities for promoting climatesmart agriculture (CSA) in sub-Saharan Africa.This synthesis is based on national scoping studies conducted by local consultants in 15 Eastern and Southern African countries.Those studies, in turn, were based...

in its 31st African Union Summit (Malabo, June 2014) the Heads of State and Government were clear in theirreslove to commit to action on the agriculture-climate change nexus issue. In the Summit Decisions on NEPAD, the Heads of State and Government endorsed the NEPAD programme on agriculture...

10 November 2016
The NEPAD Agency is undertaking a number of engagements towards supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Visit the Africa Pavilion at COP22 in Marrakech!!
26 October 2016
Most countries in Africa are making efforts to highlight the impacts of climate on agriculture. However, despite these efforts, gaps and disconnects still exist between climate change impacts and...
13 September 2016
The NEPAD Agency and the Pardee Center for International Futures launched a report that helps to put in perspective the magnitude of the task ‘to zero hunger by 2025,’ while highlighting the major...
02 May 2016
Mr. Amadou Diallo, the ambassador of NEPAD in Senegal, on Monday urged member states to reform their tax codes, noting that this could possibly impact the growth and increase “agricultural...
19 April 2016
The only way Africa can deliver tangible results in agriculture is to mobilise its own human and financial resources and invest more in the sector.
  • 28 Nov 2017

    "The 4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (The 4th GSC-CSA)" takes forward the initiative on research and science started in October 2010 with the aim to bring science to bear on practical advances in scaling up climate smart agriculture. Three scientific...

  • 11 Oct 2016

    Dear All,
     
    Under the auspices of the Government of Kenya, the NEPAD Agency will convene the 2nd Africa Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Alliance scheduled for 11-13 October, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Africa CSA Alliance is spearheading...

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