The Knowledge Action Group (KAG) of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) is one of the three action groups supported by the Alliance.

GACSA members have identified KAG objectives to be: increasing and promoting knowledge, research, and development into technologies, practices, and policy approaches for CSA. 

In accordance with these objectives, the KAG in consultation with over 800 stakeholders from farmer organizations, civil society organizations, private sector, research organizations, country governments, and international organizations via discussions held at the CSA Science Conferences in Wagheningen (2011), U.C. Davis (2013), and the KAG online consultations and workshops, have identified the following priority work areas:

  • Technical interventions and practices in CSA
  • Evidence base of CSA
  • Support, services and extension for CSA
  • Inclusive knowledge systems for CSA
  • Integrated planning and monitoring for CSA

 The KAG is facilitated by a group of 12 facilitators:

  1.  The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)
  2. Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
  3. CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
  4. Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)
  5. Colorado State University
  6. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA)
  7. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  8. Government of Nigeria
  9. Government of Spain
  10. Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)
  11. UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN)
  12. Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)

The facilitators coordinate the delivery of the KAG work plan, with inputs from a wide range of contributors.In the inception year, the KAG was co-convened by CCAFS and FAO. Following the Annual Forum, the KAG will be co-convened by CIRAD and FAO.  

Click here to view the KAG Work Plan 2016 - 2017 

KAG Products 

5 CSA Practice Briefs 

GACSA's KAG has developed 5 practice briefs for the inception year of the alliance. The newest addition to the KAG Products is a paper written by five GACSA members on "Identifying Climate-smart agriculture research needs". These documents are just one of many product types in the group's impressive pipeline of scholarship. These documents are designed to focus on technical documents on specific Climate-Smart Agricultural practices. 

Please click on the links below to read the full five Practice Briefs and paper:

On 19 May 2016, KAG has also presented 4 practices briefs in a webinar ''Practices to Scale-Up Climate-Smart Agriculture''.

Click on the links below to watch the videos.  

GACSA Compendium Climate-smart agriculture & extension

GACSA's Knowledge Action Group has developed a compendium that provides examples of more than 20 different approaches of how agricultural extension can support climate-smart agriculture, with contributions from seventeen institutions and over 30 contributors worldwide.

Please click here to read the full Compendium. 

Map of Web-Based Knowledge Resources on Climate-Smart Agriculture 

The linked document provides information about the collection of online knowledge resources on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

The collection of online resources is a response to the recommendations received by members of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) via online consultations and international workshops. GACSA members advised the GACSA Knowledge Action Group to map existing resources, so to define the status of online resources available for CSA researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

The collection particularly helps identifying existing online knowledge resources available in the area of CSA that can be built up on and/or further developed through GACSA.

2014 Online Consultations on Knowledge Priorities and Knowledge Products for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Summary Report

GACSA’s Action Group on Knowledge brings practitioners together to articulate a vision for future knowledge systems to support successful CSA. This emphasis on partnerships, a common understanding of CSA and joint knowledge systems is vital, as CSA needs to be implemented at village or landscape level to be truly transformational.

To this end, a first online consultation was held (8th-29th April 2014), inviting CSA practitioners around the world to identify the major knowledge priorities and key areas of work for the group. 491 responses were received. Based on the responses emerging from this consultation, seven knowledge products were identified for development. A second online consultation was then held (18th September-16th October 2014), inviting respondents to share their insights on the proposed structure and contents of the products identified, and inviting them to participate in their development. 437 responses were received. This report presents a summary of both consultations’ findings, and maps a way forward for the CSA Knowledge agenda based on these results.

Webinars of the Knowledge Action Group

The Knowledge Action Group hosted two live webinars in May 2016 to share the knowledge gained over the last year, developing and testing climate-smart techniques in various contexts. The ideas and comments of participants were shared at the Annual Forum at FAO in June, and will be used by the Knowledge Action Group to make a new work plan.

Webinar 1- ''Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture Through Extension: An Overview of Existing Tools and Services'' on 5th of May 2016.

Below are the links of the videos. Click here to read the report.  

Webinar 2 - ''Practices to Scale-Up Climate-Smart Agriculture''on 19th of May 2016.