Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Integrated production systems

Production and Resources


The high efficiency of integrated agriculture production systems delivers socio-economic and ecological benefits that benefit farmers as well the whole society.

There are many ways in which integrated agriculture production systems can help producers to adapt to climate change and provide important mitigation co‐benefits. However, several factors hamper the effective adaptation of integrated production systems, such as lack of data on the impacts of climate change, and high requirements in terms of knowledge and labour and initial investments that may pay off only over long time periods.

The sustainable intensification of integrated agriculture production systems requires: a better understanding of the impacts of changes in climate and climate variability on these systems; the generation and sharing of local and global knowledge, experiences and practices; capacity development through research and development, dialogue and dissemination of information; and support and coordination of policies, particularly policies that can provide incentives and create enabling institutions.