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 signed in September 2014, 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.

Click here to read the EEAG Work Plan 2016 - 2017

EEAG Products 

6 country case studies

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. 

Webinars of the Enabling Environment Action Group

The webinars provided the results of the six country 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.

Webinar 1 - ''Policies, programs, and strategies addressed in Ireland Climate-Smart Agriculture case study''- 12th of May 2016 

Presented by Ronan Gleeson, Assistant Agricultural Inspector with the Climate Change and Bio-energy Policy Division in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland.

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Webinar 2 - ''Towards adopting CSA practices as effective adaptation measures against severe impacts of climate change in Vietnam' -  18th of May 2016 

Presented by Dr Tran Dai Nghia, a Director of the Department of natural Resource and Environmental Economics Studies, Vietnam.

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Webinar 3 - ''The practice of CSA in Costa Rica'' - 26th of May 2016 

Presented by Roberto Azofeifa, Chief of Sustainable Production Department, National Directorate of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica,Kelly Witkowski, Agriculture and Climate Change Officer at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Bastiaan Louman, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y EnseÑanza (CATIE).   

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Webinar 4 -''National strategies and local policies in the context of the Agroecology and the related actions undertaken in France''- 2nd of June 2016

Presented by Bureau du changement climatique et de la biodiversité -Direction générale de la performance économique et environnementale des entreprises (DGPE)

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Webinar 5 - '’Malawi Climate Smart Agriculture Case Study Webinar -  7th of June 2016 

Presented by Wilfred Kadewa-PhD, University of agriculture and Natural Resources, specializing on Environmental Resources Management under the Faculty of Natural Resources.

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Webinar 6 - ''Tanzania Climate-Smart Agriculture Case Study'' - 8th of June 2016

Presented by Shakwaanande Natai, the Head of Environment Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF)

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