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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 module for the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook co-published by the World Bank, IFAD, and FAO gives evidence of tested practices and innovative approaches to gender mainstreaming in CSA useful to development agencies and practitioners, policymakers, civil society, researchers and academics, as well as those working in the private sector.

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

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).