Knowledge Tank for agriculture sectors’ adaptation to climate change

This NAP-Ag Knowledge Tank:

  • Contains tools, methods, case studies and other knowledge materials on climate change adaptation in the agriculture sectors (crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture).
  • Targets national planners, development actors and decision makers.
  • Supports countries in highlighting key resources for adaptation planning and budgeting, especially in formulating and implementing National Adaptation Plans (NAP).

For more information, see the Background and focus and the Disclaimer.

More search options

Topics: Climate change
Areas of work: development
Element when formulating and implementing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
A) Laying the ground work
B) Preparatory elements
C) Implementation strategies
D) Reporting, monitoring and review
Year of publishing or latest release:
Number of records: 150
Burkina Faso Ministry of Environment and Fishery Resources : Burkina Faso National Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Burkina Faso's National Adaptation Plan (NAP) highlights the country's adaptation objectives and actions. It comprises (i) adaptation plans for each development sector and (ii) a global adaptation plan for the entire country. It features all the steps of the adaptation planning process (preparatory phase and assessments, implentation and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. It provides a good example for any users interested in developping or formulating a NAP.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: UNFCCC; mitigation; government; formulation; submitted; policy; synergy; guidelines; knowledge; gaps; systemic; capacities; NAPA
Type of resource: Learning material, Case study, Publication or Report
This document submitted as part of Brazil's NAP, outlines 11 strategies for adaptation for sectors and themes considered priorities for national development and potentially vulnerable to climate change, namely: Agriculture,Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Cities, Disaster Risk Management, Industry and Mining, Infrastructure (Electric Power, Transport and Urban Mobility), Vulnerable Communities, Water Resources, Health, Food and Nutritional Security, and Coastal Zones. Each strategy discusses the main vulnerabilities, knowledge gaps, and management ofeach sector and topic, from a climate-change perspective and presents current guidelines for implementation of adaptation measures targeted at increasing climate resilience.This document is useful as a guidance for policy makers who plan to develop a NAP. 
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: national; adaptation; plan; integration; finished; UNFCCC; policy; synergy; guidelines; knowledge; gaps; systemic
Type of resource: Case study, Publication or Report, Other
This guidance note aims to assist countries with the development of strategies for securing funding for the National Adaptation Plan process (from its initiation to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of prioritized adaptation actions). It specifically: 1) provides a clear understanding of the NAP process from a financing perspective, 2) presents the range of potential and most appropriate sources of finance, 3) suggests practical steps that countries might take throughout the NAP process to increase their likelihood of securing finance from different sources.  
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: funding; fund; financing; cost; costs; multilateral; bilateral; planning; national; circumstances; tracking; budgeting; development; implementation; phase; phases
Type of resource: Learning material, Case study, Publication or Report
The Agro-Ecological Zoning (AEZ) methodology is the primary tool used for land resources assessment. It is a modeling framework for crop potential assessment which uses detailed agronomic-based knowledge to assess land suitability, potential attainable yields and potential production of crops for specified management assumptions and input levels, both for rain-fed and irrigated conditions. The GAEZ data portal provides reliable information and knowledge on sustainable management of natural resources for food and agriculture to support policy decisions on food and agriculture at national, regional and global level, assists users with rational land-use planning on the basis of an inventory of land resources and evaluation of the biophysical limitations and production potentials of land. This tool is useful when planning for adaptation and selecting optimal agricultural production systems and options.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: yield; gap; forecast; mapping; land; productivity; prediction; data; production; calendar; estimates; potential; identification
Type of resource: Tool, Database or Platform
Link to the related web site:
The CBA Framework presents a range of enabling factors which must be in place at different levels in order for effective community-based adaptation to take place. It provides a set of proposed milestones and indicators to help project teams in planning activities and tracking progress towards achieving the enabling factors. these milestones and indicators are focused on monitoring and evaluating the adaptive capacity of target populations. Note that it is a working draft, which will evolve and improve with testing and feedback from users. It is useful when formulation a NAP and setting up the monitoring and evaluation framework.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: CBA; results; household; individual; local; government; community; national; disaster; DRR; M&E
Type of resource: Learning material, Method
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED): Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development: a step-by-step guide
Tracking adaptation and measuring development (TAMD) is a conceptual framework to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation. This toolkit provides step-by-step guidance to develop a robust M&E framework that can be used as part of local and national planning systems, or to assess and compare specific interventions. It will be useful for local and national government officials, development partners and NGO staff seeking to develop adaptation plans and M&E in different contexts.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: indicators; measuring; measure; theory; change; analysis; M&E; monitoring; evaluation; framework; performance
Type of resource: Learning material
Link to the related web site:
Stanford University; University of Minnesota; The Nature Conservancy; WWF: InVEST - Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Trade-offs
InVEST is a set of spatially explicit software models that can be used to quantify, map and value the benefits provided by terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems in either biophysical or economic terms. The tools in the suite can be used to map and analyse the relative importance of different areas for ecosystem services.  The tool enables decision makers to assess quantified tradeoffs associated with alternative management choices and to identify areas where investment in natural capital can enhance human development and conservation. The tool allows estimating for example coastal vulnerability or development of fisheries. 
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: GIS; carbon; sequestration; marine; sediment; environmental; services
Type of resource: Tool
CRiSTAL (Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods) is a set of project-planning tools to help project managers and planners identify and prioritize climate risks at the community level. The tools help in identifying livelihood resources most important to climate adaptation and as a basis for designing adaptation strategies. CRiSTAL targets project planners and managers working at the local or community level. The set includes different tools for food security, forests and conservation areas.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: risks; community; planning; assessment; design; risk; screening; livelihood
Type of resource: Tool
This toolkit provides with tools to estimate the economic costs and benefits of climate change impacts, as well as adaptation options that are relevant for the agriculture sector. Targeting technical officers at the national and sub-national level, it provides information to begin adaptation planning from the economic perspective.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: water; analysis; efficient; economic; econometric; model; scenario; scenarios; data; benefits; cost; costs; uncertainty; macroeconomic; information; coastal; sea; rise
Type of resource: Learning material, Publication or Report
Link to the related web site:
Globally, climactic conditions are increasingly variable, and the intensity of their effects stronger. As climate change brings new uncertainties, risks and changes to already existing risks, building resilience is critical if the agriculture sectors are to adapt to climate change. In 2012, a joint FAO/OECD Workshop on “Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector” addressed these issues in different agro-ecological and socio-economic contexts, and from different perspectives – biophysical, economic, and social and institutional. Workshop sessions questioned the notion of resilience and confronted concepts, policies, risk management strategies and case studies at various scales, from farm and household to national and global. This publication is a compilation of the summary and papers presented at the workshop, analysing among other things National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) that paved the way toward medium- and long-term planning within NAPs.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: NAPA; planning; scale;
Type of resource: Publication or Report