GACSA Webinar - “Current investments' opportunities, both from an international and narrower dimension” 

The Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) has organized a webinar on September 20th (Wednesday) from 3 PM to 4:30 PM, in a virtual modality. Mrs. Federica Matteoli, GACSA Coordinator, moderated the online event and opened the discussion by welcoming and expressing gratitude for the time and availability to all the panellists and participants in the event aimed to explore the current investment opportunities from an international narrow dimension as well as different perspectives and difficulties to come as market agriculture investments. Challenges for farmers and the role of partnerships in securing funds were also explored. 

Click HERE for the recording | Click HERE for the agenda | Click HERE for the report

26 August 2021 - Diálogo Regional de la Plataforma de Acción Climática en Agricultura de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

PLACA, en colaboración con GACSA, está organizando un diálogo en el marco de la Cumbre de Sistemas Alimentarios de Diálogos Independientes y de sus Pistas de Acción. Este evento pretende ofrecer una oportunidad única para que los actores de ALC dialoguen sobre la importancia de contar con una plataforma regional para la agricultura y el cambio climático, orientada al desarrollo agrícola productivo, adaptado a los efectos del cambio climático, resiliente y con bajas emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.

09 July 2021 - Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) Transformation and ambition in the food systems in Asia and the Pacific

The UNFCCC Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture is a landmark decision made in 2017 under the UNFCCC, recognizing the importance of agriculture and emphasizes strongly on food security in the climate change agenda. Countries have agreed to jointly work together to advance work related to agricultural development by addressing a number of key topics related to the transformation to resilient food systems. There is significant potential to unlock additional opportunities for ambitious climate action, including action to promote low emission technologies and approaches in food systems, based on knowledge exchange and shared understanding of the food systems and agriculture sectors in the region. The event will provide an opportunity discuss how to achieve this ambition through the KJWA and UNFCCC processes.

On 25 May 2021, in celebration of the progress Africa has made and reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces, the Southern Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (SACSAA), hosted by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), in collaboration with GACSA and CARE International hosted an independent regional food systems dialogue to promote the Africa agenda, whilst embracing peace, stability, unity and prosperity.

15 March and 18 May 2021 (Series 1 and 2) - Leveraging the momentum of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, the ASEAN-CRN, in partnership with GACSA and FAO-RAP, convened a Regional Food Systems Dialogue to give stakeholders from the ASEAN region an opportunity to contribute to designing the food systems of the future, and to explore how they can work together to make the transformations happen in the coming decade. The ASEAN-CRN Regional Food Systems Dialogue will bring together food systems experts and farmers, private sector and policy leaders as they explore, debate and then shape pathways to sustainable food systems that will inform the ASEAN region’s contributions to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. Southeast Asian countries have piloted innovative and practical agricultural solutions to climate impacts, and the Regional Dialogue will contribute towards informing the Summit process and help to guide individual and collective action towards a future of food that is sustainable, equitable and secure.

During January and February 2021, GACSA Facilitation Unit hosted Live Discussions focusing on all three Action Groups, where Action Group leaders discussed and welcomed new ideas for the Plan of Action for 2021 and AG Strategies.

All recording are available on GACSA YouTube channel, so feel free to watch !

ASEAN-CRN In the time of Corona

In times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) partners cannot come together as usual to exchange knowledge and ideas on climate-resilient and climate friendly policies, practices and support initiatives in the land use sectors. However, the network and its members continue to uphold the spirit of cooperation and started a series of online events, some as virtual meetings among network members and some as webinars to promote knowledge exchange with external stakeholders.

With support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-ROAP), the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) and the Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN, the project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

More info here


Youth Championing Climate Action in Agriculture (12 August 2020)


The Webinar showcased proactive youth initiatives, including sustainable practices and measures that create or contribute to the social, economic, and environmental stability, while facing the impacts of climate change. There is a need to ensure youth are fully included in programmes, agriculture value chain, rural development, and policy decisions. Young people are part of the solution as they are facing the challenges that policies seek to address, for this reason the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) is partnering with Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, to showcase youth engagement for global action in a changing climate.



View webinar recording here

Read the full report here


Agriculture and the NDCs: Opportunities to bridge science and policy (13 July 2020)


The Paris Agreement, which entered force in 2016, requires involved Parties to submit Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Today, it is well known that global agriculture both contributes to, and is affected by, the changing climate, which calls for an integrated role of farming in climate policy formation. Agriculture’s incorporation into national-level climate policies can be difficult due to myriad challenges, such as a lack of effective stakeholder engagement, limited capacity and funding, and highly complex and varying contexts in which the policies are being developed. The NDCs, which influence subsequent policy development, offer an opportunity to strengthen agriculture’s presence in national climate agendas--in this webinar, we explore some of the approaches and programs that could be of use to policy-makers working at the nexus of climate change and agriculture.



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Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate Smart Agriculture (23 April to 23 May 2018) (4 weeks)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) have put together this online discussion on partnerships, innovations and financing opportunities available for young people in Africa to adopt CSA. The discussion will also highlight the role of mentorship, training and share cases of successful young farmers as role models. The discussions shall run from 23rd April to 23rd May 2018 and emerging issues shared during the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit on 15 and 16 May in Nairobi, Kenya.

Access the discussion here

Guiding questions for the discussion:

  • Week 1: What innovative ways can be employed to make Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) more attractive to the youth? This will include sharing of successful case studies involving the youth. 
  • Week 2:How do partnerships affect and influence CSA on the continent?  Give practical examples.
  • Week 3: What mechanisms are available for CSA financing? And, are youth able to access these finances?

Target group: The Africa Climate Smart Agriculture summit will unite key UN Agencies, NGOS, Investors, Donors, National and Local Government Representatives, Agricultural Associations and the private sector to explore policy updates, best practice and innovations for CSA in Africa. The summit will create an ideal platform to share the emerging insights from the online platform to key decision makers and influencers and mobilize the necessary resources and networks to fast-track Africa’s youth engagement in CSA.

Partners: Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) ,International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA),Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA),African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS),and Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN). 


FAO and partners organized a webinar "Index-based insurance for risk management in climate-smart agriculture" (May 2017)

In this interactive event, participants and presenters exchanged knowledge on index-based insurance as a tool for climate risk management and transfer in agriculture sectors, and what is needed to increase the uptake of index-based insurance especially among the most vulnerable producers.

View webinar recording here - Join community of practice here


FAO online learning event: “Irrigation in Climate-Smart Agriculture – Challenges and Responses” (June/July 2017)

This event focused on the opportunities and the challenges related to irrigation under climate change. A webinar provided a general introduction to the topic (Patricia Mejias Moreno, FAO) and an in-depth presentation on supplemental irrigation (Vinay Nangia, ICARDA), and started of the discussion among participants. An interesting facilitated discussion followed, hosted by the community of practice for agriculture sectors and climate change.

View webinar recording here - View summary report of the learning event here -  Join community of practice here


FAO’s online learning event: “Communicating on climate change with farmers – Rural advisory services helping to face uncertainty” 

As part of its online capacity development and stakeholder facilitation work, FAO organized a 3-week long online learning event to strengthen agricultural practitioners’ knowledge of practical means how climate change can be effectively communicated with food producers.

With the developed capacity and peer support through the online community of practice, the practitioners were better able to guide and design advisory services that support farmers, fishers and forester to get prepared for climate change and addressing it in their work for ensuring food security. 

Participants included over 3 000 practitioners from 130 countries currently members of the online community of practice “Agriculture sectors and climate change”.

The webinar recordings are available here

If you want to join also the email-based exchanges, they can do so through this link 

Webinars of the Knowledge Action Group

GACSA hosted 8 webinars on Climate-Smart Agriculture starting in May 5 through June 8 2016. 

The purpose of the webinars were to share the knowledge gained over the last year, developing and testing climate-smart techniques in various contexts. 

Webinar 1- ''Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture Through Extension: An Overview of Existing Tools and Services''

Date and Time: 5th of May 2016 at 10:00 (Rome time)-  

Click here to review webinar presentations (videos).

Click here to read the report.  


 • Promising Innovative Extension Approaches for Climate-Smart Agriculture: The Plantwise Example by Luca HEEB, Plantwise Programme Support Officer, CABI Switzerland.

Agents of Change in Climate-Smart Villages by Elisabeth SIMELTON, Climate change scientist at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Vietnam.

•  Adaptation to Climate Change is Climate Smart Agriculture: Training Farmers and Trainers on Java and Lombok
by Kees STIGTER and Yunita WINARTO, Universitas Indonesia with Agromet Vision, Depok, Indonesia.

Climate Smart Agriculture: What Role for Rural Advisory Services? by Soniia DAVID, Agricultural Extension Officer, FAO.


 Webinar 2 - ''Practices to Scale-Up Climate-Smart Agriculture''

Date and Time: 19th of May 2016 at 10:00 (Rome time)

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Integrated Soil Fertility Management: Contributions of framework and practices to climate-smart agriculture by Rebbie HARAWA, Interim Head for Farmers’ Solution Program at AGRA, and Bernard VANLAUWE, Director Central Africa and Natural Resource Management at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

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 Coffee-Banana Intercropping: Implementation guidance for  policymakers and investors by Dennis OCHOLA, Cropping Systems  Consultant, IITA – Uganda. 

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 Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture by Sibyl NELSON, gender advisor  on climate change at FAO.

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 Site-Specific Nutrient Management: Implementation guidance for  policymakers and investors by Tek SAPKOTA, Agricultural  System/Climate Change Scientist.

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Webinars of the Enabling Environment Action Group

The webinars provided the results of the six country case studies assessing the state of CSA implementation in Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Vietnam.The case studies include information gathering via stakeholder engagement and dialogue.

Webinar 1 - ''Policies, programs, and strategies addressed in Ireland Climate-Smart Agriculture case study''- 12th of May 2016 

Presented by Ronan Gleeson, Assistant Agricultural Inspector with the Climate Change and Bio-energy Policy Division in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland.

View power point presentation here View video here

Webinar 2 - ''Towards adopting CSA practices as effective adaptation measures against severe impacts of climate change in Vietnam' -  18th of May 2016 

Presented by Dr Tran Dai Nghia, a Director of the Department of natural Resource and Environmental Economics Studies, Vietnam.

View power point presentation here - View video here 

Webinar 3 - ''The practice of CSA in Costa Rica'' - 26th of May 2016 

Presented by Roberto Azofeifa, Chief of Sustainable Production Department, National Directorate of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica,Kelly Witkowski, Agriculture and Climate Change Officer at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Bastiaan Louman, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y EnseÑanza (CATIE).   

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Webinar 4 -''National strategies and local policies in the context of the Agroecology and the related actions undertaken in France''- 2nd of June 2016

Presented by Bureau du changement climatique et de la biodiversité -Direction générale de la performance économique et environnementale des entreprises (DGPE)

View power point presentation here - View video here

Webinar 5 - '’Malawi Climate Smart Agriculture Case Study Webinar -  7th of June 2016 

Presented by Wilfred Kadewa-PhD, University of agriculture and Natural Resources, specializing on Environmental Resources Management under the Faculty of Natural Resources.

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Webinar 6 - ''Tanzania Climate-Smart Agriculture Case Study'' - 8th of June 2016

Presented by Shakwaanande Natai, the Head of Environment Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF)

View power point presentation here - View video here