FAO Success Stories on Climate-Smart Agriculture

This booklet provides examples of climate-smart systems by showcasing some FAO success stories in various countries. The cases have been selected from the FAO Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Sourcebook launched in 2013 to show the diversity of potential options across different regions and agricultural systems also covering subjects such as biodiversity and gender.

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  • Leslie Lipper is a Senior Environmental Economist with FAO in Rome. In the following interview she elaborates on the need for a climate smart approach to production, what that means and examples of how this approach has worked. AUDIO | VIDEO
  • Alexandre Meybeck, conseiller principal pour l’agriculture, l’environnement et le changement climatique au siège de la FAO, explique ce qu’est l’agriculture intelligente face au climat et parle de la nécessité d’adopter une nouvelle approche de production vivrière. AUDIO (in French)
  • Doris Soto, oficial de acuicultura de la FAO, habla sobre la necesidad de adoptar un enfoque de agricultura climáticamente inteligente y explica que significa esto y como funciona este enfoque. AUDIO | VIDEO (in Spanish)

Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the knowledge and capacities to make CSA a reality.

The purpose of the sourcebook is to further elaborate the concept of CSA and demonstrate its potential, as well as its limitations. This sourcebook is a reference tool for planners, practitioners and policy makers working in agriculture, forestry and fisheries at national and subnational levels, dealing with the effects of climate change.

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This sourcebook is divided into three main sections, which addresses the main following topics:

  • Section A
    The Case for Climate-Smart Agriculture consists of two modules establishing a conceptual framework and is targeted to a broad audience. Module 1 explains the rationale for CSA and module 2 focuses on the adoption of a landscape approach.
  • Section B
    Improved Technologies and Approaches for Sustainable Farm Management is divided in nine Modules. It is targeted primarily to the needs of planners and practitioners and analyzes what issues need to be addressed in the different sectors, in terms of water (Module 3), soils (Module 4), energy (Module 5) and genetic resources (Module 6) for up-scaling of practices of crop production (Module 7), livestock (Module 8), forestry (Module 9) and fisheries and aquaculture (Module 10) along sustainable and inclusive food value chains (Module 11).
  • Section C
    Enabling frameworks encompasses seven Modules, targeted to policy makers, providing guidance on what institutional (Module 12), policy (Module 13) and finance (Module 14) options are available. It further provides information on links with disaster risk reduction (Module 15) and utilization of safety nets (Module 16) and also illustrates the key role of capacity development (Module 17) and assessments and monitoring (Module 18).

The sourcebook is also available through a web platform that facilitates stakeholders’ access to additional information, case studies, manuals, practices and systems. The platform is dynamic and updated on a regular basis. www.climatesmartagriculture.org/72611/en

About Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrative approach to address these interlinked challenges of food security and climate change, that explicitly aims for three objectives: (1) sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and development; (2) adapting and building resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change at multiple levels; and (3) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (including crops, livestock and sheries). CSA invites to consider these three objectives together at dierent scales - from farm to landscape – at dierent levels - from local to global - and over short and long time horizons, taking into account national and local specicities and priorities.








last updated:  Wednesday, July 8, 2015