Background

The Enabling Environment Action Group (EEAG) works to identify the technical, policy and investment conditions needed to scale up Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) approaches, and to promote the harmonization of community-based national agriculture, climate change and food system policies.

In particular, in the framework document of the Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, the members agreed that the EEAG functions are: integrating climate-smart agriculture into policy, strategies and planning at regional, national, and local levels and across landscapes. Objectives pertaining to enabling environments may include:

  • Strengthening and enhancing public policy frameworks, for example through linking sustainable agriculture intensification with climate adaptation, resilience and disaster risk reduction efforts, and aiming to reduce emissions (including through reduced intensity of emissions) where possible – resulting from agriculture and land use change;
  • Identification of adaptation measures, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems, indigenous knowledge systems and the differences in scale as well as possible co-benefits;
  • Identification of agricultural practices and technologies to enhance productivity in a sustainable manner, food security and resilience;
  • Incorporating climate-smart agriculture practices into agriculture extension and outreach services;
  • Mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture practices into local, community-driven programs, national investment and food security plans and policies for development assistance, including National Adaptation Plans of Action (NAP’s); 
  • Establishing policies that encourage responsible practices and investment along the value chain.

EEAG Products 

The Enabling Environment Action Group has commissioned 6 case studies assessing the state of CSA implementation in Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Vietnam. The case studies include information gathering via stakeholder engagement and dialogue.

The country case studies are the primary focus of the GACSA Enabling Environment Action Group. However due to the cross-cutting nature of the studies all the three GACSA Action Groups are involved in the project. These case studies identify successes and gaps that may need future attention. It is the hope of the Alliance that these case studies are helpful in developing a picture of CSA in various countries across the planet. The lessons learned from the case studies may be translatable, and the case study itself may be used for assessment by other countries or potentially by sector. 

Below are the draft versions of 4 available case studies.