Climate-Smart Village

  • The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) envisions the Climate-Smart Village project to not only be long-term, but also participatory and relevant to the local context.
  • Women farmers are encouraged to weigh in on all the discussions and take the lead in prioritizing what activities should be implemented in their villages.
  • This is to make sure the climate-smart farming practices stick on long after the project has been phased out.
  • The location of a Climate-Smart Village is selected based on its climate risk profile and the willingness of farmers and local governments to participate in the project.  
  • Researchers conduct a baseline survey to capture the current socio-economic conditions and analyse resource availability and average production and income among other indicators. This enables an impact assessment after a period of time to gauge the benefits of the interventions. Climate-Smart Villages
  • Stakeholders convene to prioritize which interventions they will take up that are best suited to their local conditions. This is done through a choice experiment that analyses their preference and willingness to pay for technologies. Disseminating information on climate-smart agriculture practices and outcomes is an important part of the capacity building process. Farmers are encouraged to record their testimonials and feedback at regular intervals and share it with researchers and the community.  

About Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

  • The overall purpose of CCAFS is to marshal the science and expertise of CGIAR and partners to catalyse positive change towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA), food systems and landscapes, and position CGIAR to play a major role in bringing to scale practices, technologies and institutions that enable agriculture to meet triple goals of food security, adaptation and mitigation.
  • The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through strategic, broad-based global partnerships. 
  • CCAFS uses the concept of climate-smart agriculture to structure its approach to climate-responsive options.
  • Climate-smart agriculture is an integrative approach to address these interlinked challenges of food security and climate change, that explicitly aims for three objectives:

    • Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and development;
    • Adapting and building resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change at multiple levels; and
    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (including crops, livestock and fisheries).


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