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The adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices requires appropriate institutional and governance mechanisms to facilitate the dissemination of information and to ensure broad participation by relevant stakeholders and targeted beneficiaries. Among the drivers influencing CSA adoption, the understanding of how gender could influence the effectiveness of these instruments is capturing increasing attention in the literature. The aim of this note is to provide some insight on the data and tools necessary when dealing with the analysis of the effects of CSA on food security, focusing on a gender perspective.

This brief summarises the results of a recent analysis of a nationally representative farm household survey in Malawi. It has been linked with climate data to assess the impact of climate variability on farm household welfare, the patterns of diversification farmers adopt, and how different policy factors such as fertilizer subsidies, extension services and credit can affect diversification choices and ultimately welfare patterns.
climate variability on farm household welfare, the patterns of diversification farmers
adopt, and how different policy factors such as fertilizer subsidies, extension services
and credit can affect diversification choices and ultimately welfare patterns. We

CSA Sourcebook: Executive summary and CD-ROM

This paper examines some of the key technical, institutional, policy and financial responses required to achieve this transformation. Building on case studies from the field, the paper outlines a range of practices, approaches and tools aimed at increasing the resilience and productivity of agricultural production systems, while also reducing and removing
emissions. The second part of the paper surveys institutional and policy options available to promote the transition to climate-smart agriculture at the smallholder level. Finally, the paper considers current financing gaps and makes innovative suggestions regarding the combined use of different sources, financing mechanisms and delivery systems.