How is GACSA Structured?

To allow the Alliance to effectively undertake its activities a light organizational structure has been agreed upon and implemented. GACSA is an independent alliance, governed by its members.

GACSA’s work is led by its Strategic Committee, supported by a Facilitation Unit and organised in three Action Groups: Knowledge, Investment and Enabling Environment.

  • The Knowledge Action Group is increasing and promoting knowledge, research, and development into technologies, practices, and policy approaches for CSA.
  • The Investment Action Group is improving the effectiveness of public and private investments that support the three pillars of CSA.
  • The Enabling Environment Action Group is promoting the integration of CSA into policy, strategies, and planning at regional, national, and local levels and across landscapes.

GACSA members, partners and interested parties come together at the Annual Forum to share knowledge, take stock of progress, and generate creative solutions regarding food security and climate change challenges. The Action Groups support the work of GACSA members in their efforts to contribute to the agreed vision and goals. They report regularly to the SC and take actions as requested by the SC. Action Groups act as the focal point to the Alliance on their respective thematic areas. Action Groups are led by facilitators appointed by the SC and are open to members, observers, other entities and individuals.

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The Strategic Committee (SC)

The SC serves as a representative body of Alliance members and the decision authority for approving an annual Program of Work and a budget for the Facilitation Unit.  Among other responsibilities the SC oversees the implementation of the programme of work and main activities of the Alliance, and provides guidance to the Facilitation Unit. For the first inception year (2015) of the alliance, all GACSA members may volunteer to be members of the GACSA Steering Committee.

The Strategic Committee is lead by two Co-Chairs, Mr Martin Bwalya and Ms Mi Nguyen, who normally serve a one-year term with the possibility of a one year extension. Where feasible the rotation of Co-Chairs is staggered to ensure continuity. Any member of GACSA is eligible to be elected as Co-Chair.

The Facilitation Unit (FU) serves as the secretariat for the Alliance and helps Alliance members take action to deliver the Alliance’s aspirational outcomes. For guidance, programmatic and budget planning purposes, the FU reports to the co-Chairs of the SC of the Alliance.

The Facilitation Unit is hosted by FAO and is funded through a 5 year (2015-2019) multi-donor trust fund. Contributions are currently being received from Norway, Switzerland and United States of America (USA). The FU undertakes its work based on the terms of reference formulated by GACSA members and work programme.

  • Federica Matteoli - FAO, Liaison with Action Groups and Strategic Committee 
  • Kyle Poorman - Climate Expert - Communications, Membership, Program Development, and Finance Liaison with GACSA  
  • Marwan Ladki - Expert in Sustainable Agriculture 
  • Silvia Mantilla Martinez - Administrative, Logistics and Coordination support

For all GACSA Facilitation Unit correspondence please contact: GACSA-Facilitation-Unit@fao.org.


GACSA Annual Forum

The Annual Forum serves as an opportunity at which members and stakeholders interested in CSA and the Alliance can have an open dialogue, build consensus, set priorities and approve the overall direction, strategy and Programme of Work of the Alliance. Annual Forum also enhance the exchange of knowledge and lessons learned in regards to issues related to climate smart agriculture implementation. The Annual Forum endorses overall strategy, vision, budget and the programme of work.

This years forum (14 to 16 June 2016) brought together CSA alliances and platforms from across the world and fostered understanding and dialogue amongst them. Creating the space for sustained dialogue demonstrates the value of GACSA and its focus on fostering inclusiveness and collective action for scaling up CSA at all levels.

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How to Join GACSA

GACSA is a voluntary platform open to governments, international and regional organizations, institutions, civil society, farmers’ organizations and businesses who agree with its vision and its Framework Document.

Being a member does not create any binding obligations and members determine their particular voluntary actions according to their needs and priorities.

  • Individuals cannot be members, but they can join GACSA’s Action Groups.
  • Institutions may also want to join as observers.
  • There is no fee for participation.

To become a member or an observer, contact the Facilitation Unit at GACSA-Facilitation-Unit@fao.org