Read about the results of the two-year-old CCAFS research programme to empower and build capacity among smallholder farmers to manage climate risks.
// Outcomes of combined efforts
According to their 2012 annual report, the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change (CCAFS) has succeeded to define and implement an innovative and transformative research programme to address agriculture in the context of climate change:
- Policy advances in climate change adaptation and mitigation in more than ten countries where research products from CCAFS have been used to inform decisionmaking processes
- Key actors such as development banks have used CCAFS analyses to guide investment decisions about climate change adaptation
- Southeast Asia and Latin America were added to CCAFS's regional portfolio
- Integrated solutions to climate change trialed in "climate-smart villages" projects deliver results with little financial investment
// Turning research into action on the ground
The climate-smart villages provide an early example related to success of CCAFS in highlighting the inter-centre collaboration and synergies for addressing the agricultural problems.
The idea behind the climate-smart villages is to raise awareness among farming communities about various technological, institutional and policy-oriented options that have the potential to increase their climatic resilience, adaptation, agricultural productivity and income, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
CCAFS climate-smart villages are very different from for example the UNDP millennium villages, which are based on a science-led partnership between academia, business and UN agencies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These villages were set up in Africa with considerable financial support. Instead, CCAFS climate-smart villages have as a key focus to enhance climate literacy of farmers in developing countries of South Asia and Africa, with little financial investment.
// Retrospective look on the CCAFS cooperation with the Platform
The CCAFS Commission on Susstainable Agriculture and Climat Change had been supported by the Platform to produce a clear set of policy recommendations to increase food production, decrease poverty and respond to climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. In June 2012 the CCAFS Commission presented its report "Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change" at a Platform dialogue, which was held at Sida in Stockholm and focused on food security and climate change. The commission compiled a list of proposed actions specifically targeted at donors and multilateral agencies and launched an animated video entitled 'How to Feed the World in 2050', urging key actions for achieving food security in a changing climate.
In the meantime CCAFS has undertaken a great work to galvanise the progress in global policy bringing their findings into major international forums. Commissioners also found ways to infuse the recommendations into national policy development. Certainly, progress has been made since the launch of the report, and the global community of policymakers, agricultural producers, agribusinesses, global development partners, researchers and civil society are increasingly recognising their collective responsibility and power to shift policy, mobilise financial resources, gain on-the-ground experience, share knowledge and reshape supply chains and consumption patterns.
// Talking climate-smart agriculture
Read CCAFS blog for more information about the climate-smart villages.
Various online interviews addressing climate-smart agriculture were organised by the Platform secretariat:
Watch here more interviews on climate change impacts on agriculture and rural development