The alliance was launched during the Climate Summit of the UN Secretary General on 23 September 2014 during the session on agriculture. Even before that an investment action group within the Alliance was created and met to discuss future strategies. At the meeting in London, the private sector partners informed about their ongoing work with regard to CSA: Willis Re had its first pay-out in an index-linked agricultural insurance programme, Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) is successfully working together with national banks and local NGOs. AgDevCo reported on high management costs due to small size deals and technical complexity. Practicing partners, such as the UNEP Finance Initiative, CIFOR or the WRI, stressed the importance of getting the right language to engage the private sector to invest. In general, GACSA can leverage many types of actions being undertaken by regional bodies supported for examples by a guide and which is currently developed by NEPAD, FAO, COMESA and CCAFS. The guide will give scope to allow common benchmarks in defining Africa specific CSA needs. Furthermore, the guide aims to provide a basis to work out a monitoring system.
With the proliferation of efforts and alliances that focus on the topic, there are many efforts that aim at consolidating the initiatives and discussing the new opportunities which the changing focus of the international climate regime under FCCC offers and is expected to offer, including through the Green Climate Fund for agriculture and food security. The workstream of the Platform will play a particularly important role in this endeavour.