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).

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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
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Number of records: 308
This workshop contributed to an undergoing process focusing on determining the gaps in adaptation and disaster risk management strategies, policies and activities that aim to assist fishers, fish farmers, fish workers and the communities they live in to improve their resilience to the impacts of disasters and climate change, and to identify areas to address these gaps based on the experience of the participants. It addressed three main questions in respect to the fisheries and aquaculture sector and the impacts of disasters and climate change: (i) what are the impacts on and the vulnerabilities of the sector, (ii) how has the sector adapted and what can we learn from this, and (iii) what else can be done (and how) to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience? The workshop recommended adaptation actions at local, national and regional levels based on practical experiences and examples of actions that have worked or not in the past. The workshop outputs will be used to complement the mapping and gap-analysis paper towards a work plan for Component C of the NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme (NFFP).The combined findings of this workshop, the forthcoming workshop for Southern and Eastern Africa and the mapping and gap analysis will be well placed to feed into the pan African process of elaborating a comprehensive fisheries reform strategy and ensuring that climate change and disaster impacts are addressed for the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: workshop; Africa; Central; West; gaps; adaptation; disaster risk management; DRR; strategy; strategies; fish; farmer; farmers; fisher; fishers; aquaculture; water; quality; disaster; disasters; experience; policies; impact; vulnerability; NEPAD; mapping; analysis; fisheries; pan; African; process; reform; climate; change planning; plan
Type of resource: Case study, Publication or Report
This study examines the incentives and constraints to adoption of the promoted climate-smart agricultural practices in Kaptumo, Nandi County of Kenya. It provides useful knowledge on the dynamics of adoption of the Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices and lessons learned  to further inform extension, projects and up-scaling. The results from this study are valid for the population in the MICCA pilot site and may be generalized to similar areas in Nandi County and other counties in the country, which are characterized by tea-maize-dairy farming system and small land sizes. The study considers wider policy, institutional and social structures and processes that may affect adoption. In addition the assessment also provides farmers’ perceptions on initial benefits of those practices in terms of agricultural production, livelihoods diversification, overall resilience to climatic risks and household food security.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: barrier; constraint; constraints; analysis; Kenya; incentives; incentive; adoption; extension; lessons learned; analysis; assessment; climate; smart; agriculture; CSA; farmers; perceptions; benefits; practices; up-scaling; policy; institutional; social; structures; process; processes; diversification; risks; risk; household; food; security
Type of resource: Case study, Publication or Report
National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAIPs), prepared by a number of African countries within the AU-NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), provide the opportunity to integrate the up-scaling of practices that potentially benefit development, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation into an existing continentally and country-owned sustainable agriculture development framework . This paper proposes a methodology to examine the potential of existing NAIPs to generate climate change benefits. A rapid screening methodology is presented and applied to 14 CAADP NAIPs.  This screening methodology would benefit the formulation of national adaptation plans (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: investments; Africa; climate-smart agriculture; climate smart; agriculture; analytical; framework; investment; financing; instrument; instruments; climate; readiness; national agricultural investment plans; plan; planning
Type of resource: Publication or Report
The objective of the study was to identify regional and national gaps and opportunities to reduce the vulnerability of the sector to impacts from climate change and increase the resilience of fisheries and aquaculture livelihoods to disasters. The identification of gaps and opportunities were made through a combination of a survey, website searches and reviews of documents – including policies and strategies – that contain fisheries/aquaculture and climate change adaptation (CCA)/disaster risk management (DRM) aspects. Identified national and regional priorities were compared to actions in place and thus gaps were identified. A total of 23 countries, 16 of which are least developed countries (LDCs), were considered for Western and Central Africa. Overall, 27 gaps or recommendations were identified. These are presented in Chapter 4, with reference to their source and in respect to the four areas of adaptation and disaster risk management action : strengthened governance to address disasters and climate change impacts affecting fisheries and aquaculture; addressing and reducing underlying risks through prevention and adaptation measures; managing effective response and improving preparedness for disasters and climate change; and improved early warning systems and availability of information.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: capacity; institution; gap; gaps; analysis; water; fisheries; aquaculture; regional; country; national; priorities; initiatives; west; central; Africa; climate; change; disasters; fishers; fish; farmers; vulnerability; opportunities; disaster risk management; DRM; policy; policies; strategy; strategies; adaptation; early; warning; systems; information; preparedness; risks; risk; prevention; governance; response; mapping
Type of resource: Publication or Report
This skills assessment framework clarifies the complex mix of institutional measures needed for adaptation planning to be successful backed by well-tailored and recurrent skills development. The publication is derived from experience acquired during a joint UNDP-UNITAR Global Water Partnership mission carried out in Niger in May 2014, under the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP). A useful framework when laying the ground, aderssing gaps and formulating a national adaptation plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: gap; skills; assessment; national; adaptation; planning; implementation; action; analysis; socio; cultural; social; organization; framework; stakeholders; policy; strategy; leadership; management; coordination; building capacity;
Type of resource: Publication or Report
Link to the related web site:
This publication provides a practical overview of FAO good practices, tools and methods on effective capacity development to increase impact and sustainability of country-level results. Useful material whn laying the ground and formulating a national adaptation plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: capacity; development; institution; gap; gaps; method; methods; country; level; result; results; overview; facilitation; engagement; stakeholders; sustainability; ownership; involvement; policy; support; strategy; institutionalization; assessment; mapping; drivers; change; interest; influence; matrix; checklist; problem; tree; solution
Type of resource: Publication or Report
The four modules (basic principles; programming; good learning practices; organization analysis and development) provide useful and insightful learning material for people engaged in capacity development activities at country level. They provide concrete information to implement  FAO’s new approach to capacity development and are rich with tools for practitioners.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: module; capacity; building; principles; programming; practices; learning; organization; analysis; development; concept; concepts; framework; tool; tools; change; design; deliver; evaluate; how to; assessment
Type of resource: Tool, Learning material, Case study
Recognized by the UNFCCD as the primary recommended database for sustainable land management good practices, including measures of adaptation, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network of national, regional and international institutions, such as FAO, providing tools and methods that allow sustainable land management specialists to identify fields and needs of action and to share their valuable knowledge in land resources management. The WOCAT knowledge products: 1) a global online database system of three databases on SLM technologies, SLM approaches and SLM mapping, including case studies and maps from over 50 countries; 2)  global, regional, national publications, factsheets, guidelines, inventories of practices; and 3) videos can help in identifying and illustrating how to implement SLM practices as part of adaptation actions in the field and landscape levels.   
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: practices; implementation; sustainable; land; management; water; SLM; database; best practice; adaptation; tools; methods; knowledge; mapping; technologies; approach; case; study; degradation; watershed
Type of resource: Database or Platform
Link to the related web site:
These self-paced tools provide a structured and systematic process for understanding climate and disaster risks at an early stage of program and/or project development. The tools do not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor do they suggest specific options for increasing the project’s resilience. They are intended to help determine the need for further studies, consultation, and/or dialogue in the course of program or project design. These tools can be applied to a range of development sectors in support of a) national plans and strategies and b) project level investments. Useful tools in the laying the ground and preparatory phases when formlualting a national adaptation plan (NAP).
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: model; impact; vulnerability; knowledge; data; risk; analysis; assessment; guidance; screening; resilience; dialogue; project; design; preparatory; phase; climate; agriculture; water; flood; coastal; protection; national; policy; tool; socioeconomic; decision; strategy; world; bank
Type of resource: Tool, Database or Platform
Climpag contains methodologies, tools, data and maps for a better understanding and analysis of the effect of the variability of weather and climate on agriculture. It aims at bringing together the various aspects and interactions between weather, climate and agriculture (including crops and grasslands, livestock husbandry, forestry and fisheries) in the general context of food security.
Language: EN , FR , SP , RU , AR , CH , Other
Keywords: model; impact; vulnerability; knowledge; data; meteorology; agrometeorology; climate; map; mapping; variability; weather; agriculture; interactions; tools; methods; methodology; rainfall; software; communication; weather-sensitive; weather sensitive information; forecast; forecasting; temperature; sunshine; classification
Type of resource: Tool, Learning material, Database or Platform