Building climate resilient cropping systems

Why we work

Resource poor smallholder farmers are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Their agriculture is barely profitable and often environmentally unsustainable.

Through climate-smart crop production practices, climate change adaptation and mitigation is possible. A climate-smart crop system requires smallholder farmers to use quality seeds adapted to local climate and pests, diversify crop systems, use sustainable mechanization, apply soil and water conservation practices, improve water management and invest in agricultural knowledge transfer.

Farming needs to be profitable. By improving their access to inputs, technical advice, credit and other financial services, smallholder farmers have the opportunity to access technologies that improve resilience of crop systems to specific climate stressors and reduce yield gaps.

How we work

FAO’s building climate-smart cropping systems exists within two projects:

  • Implementing the Save and Grow Approach (steps 1-3)
  • Climate-Smart Crop and Mechanisation Systems Scaling-Up. (step 4)
In Action

What we do

FAO aims to sustainably optimize production through two German-funded projects - Implementing the Save and Grow Approach and Climate-Smart Crop Mechanisations Systems Scaling-Up.

Implementing the Save and Grow Approach

This project identifies farm system categories to account for the various needs of smallholder farmers – personal, agronomic and socio-economic – and to enable them to transition to more sustainable and climate-smart production systems.

Climate-Smart Crop and Mechanization Systems Scaling-Up

This project allows smallholder farmers to benefit from markets by providing access to climate-smart technologies, inputs, technical advice, credit and other financial services.