Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Analytical approaches

EPIC uses various tools and methodologies to understand the synergies and tradeoffs between food security, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. Examples are:

  1. Micro-econometric modelling and analyses of farmer incentives for adoption/dis-adoption of certain agricultural practices and their implications for food security, adaptation and mitigation using nationally representative farm household data matched with climate data from partner countries;
  2. Impact-assessment analyses of agricultural programmes (e.g. conservation agriculture);
  3. Cost-benefit analyses of adopting climate-smart agricultural practices at farmer, regional and national levels;
  4. Economic simulation models to identify the incentives for adoption of certain agricultural practices (including risk perceptions) and the effects of climate change on incentives for adoption;
  5. Climate & land-use change models to understand the drivers of deforestation (including agriculture); and
  6. Political and institutional analyses to understand the effects of the political and institutional environment on adoption of climate-smart agricultural technologies.