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.
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.
The publication reports on the concepts driving the scientific activities of the MICCA’s pilot projects in East Africa. It describes the analytical approaches used, provides an outline of the research results and concludes with key messages relevant to discussions on climate-Smart Agriculture. In partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD) and Care International, these MICCA pilot projects mainstream climate-Smart Agriculture in the regions by identifying, verifying and scaling up farm management practices that can both increase productivity and ensure smallholder farmers are part of the solution to climate change.