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This collection of findings by a group of scientists and economists looks at climate change impacts on food and agriculture, at global and regional levels, over the past two decades.

The evidence shows the impacts of global warming and discusses the consequences for food security, health and nutrition, water scarcity and climate adaptation and presents different policy responses.

The brief outlines the ways in which climate-smart agriculture can be promoted from government to field level. It follows a two-day consultation in Kenya that brought together researchers, development workers, policy makers and producers in 2014. The effort was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of Kenya, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Conservation agriculture (CA) can increase resilience to climate change and has the potential to contribute to climate change mitigation. The benefits of CA are highly site-specific. Innovative approaches are needed to overcome barriers for uptake of CA by smallholders.

 

 

This study established mixed results on adoption of the promoted climate-smart agricultural practices in the MICCA pilot site in Kenya. Findings clearly revealed the most adopted CSA practices as improved fodder production (i.e. Napier and Rhodes grasses) and planting of agroforestry trees (i.e. Grevillia and Croton). Whereas the least adopted improved practices included establishment of tree nurseries, fodder trees, manure composting and installation of biogas digesters.

Over 50 climate change and agriculture experts from research institutions, government, development partners, farming community and NGOs gathered in a national workshop on climate change and agriculture "Sharing Evidence and Experience on Climate-Smart Agriculture" in Dar es Salaam 15 and 16 October, 2014. The workshop was organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), CARE International and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFSC). This document reflects the presentations discussions and conclusions of the workshop supported by evidence and experience from CSA projects in Tanzania.