The Knowledge Action Group (KAG) works to increase and promote knowledge, research, and development into technologies, practices, and policy approaches for CSA. In particular, in the framework document of the Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture the members agreed that the KAG functions are:

Increasing and promoting knowledge, research and development into technologies, practices, and policy approaches for climate-smart agriculture; practices and technology sharing and cooperation; improving communication and information sharing among participants; and outreach, extension, and technical assistance.

Objectives pertaining to knowledge may include:

· Identifying and filling knowledge gaps that hinder decision making/policy setting, adoption and implementation of climate-smart agriculture;

· Developing or identifying metrics that can be useful for measuring progress in climate-smart agriculture;

· Stimulating research and investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems, drawing on indigenous knowledge systems and expertise where feasible;

· Brokering relationships between partners and programmes for increased and improved research and learning on the critical role of gender in climate-smart agriculture;

· Linking research to implementation to improve approaches;

· Connecting research findings to the experiences of practitioners and to farmers’ empirical and traditional knowledge in a transparent and open way, to share knowledge;

· Developing knowledge platforms in order to exchange data and information;

· Scaling up both south-south and north-south knowledge sharing and support;

· Strengthening extension and support tools for climate-smart agriculture, reflecting the perspectives knowledge and experience of producers;

· Strengthening institutional capacity development for knowledge, practice and technology sharing relating to climate-smart agriculture; and

· Assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels.



KAG Products 

5 CSA Practice Briefs 

GACSA's KAG has developed more than 5 practice briefs

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

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.