GACSA was launched on the 23rd of September 2014 during the UN Secretary-General Climate Summit in New York. GACSA is a voluntary association whose members are interested in the nexus of food security, nutrition, and climate change, supporting the adoption and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), and providing regular updates on progress toward their individual and collective aspirations.
GACSA's aim is to share and disseminate information and provide access to expertise. It also helps to create transformational partnerships and create the mechanisms for knowledge sharing. GACSA brings stakeholders together into three action groups, Knowledge, Investment, and Enabling Environments, to discuss and promote climate smart agriculture and food systems in an integrated manner aligned with local, national and regional priorities. The action groups offer a forum for governments, institutions, NGOs, and the private sector to address knowledge gaps and provide services to enable members to engage in CSA up-scaling actions and interventions.
Representatives from farmer organizations, NGOs, CSOs, governments, research institutions, and other organizations committed to CSA from all continents met at the GACSA third annual forum in Bonn, Germany from 15-16 July. Over the two day event, a new GACSA Co-Chair, Hans Hoogeveen, Ambasador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the FAO, was elected, panellists highlighted challenges and best practices of implementing CSA in different regions, and GACSA members strategized on how to implement their Strategic Plan 2018-2022 (see link below for full coverage).