Climate extremes and other environmental shocks were discussed in the context of data modelling via the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project and how farmers could more readily contribute to and benefit from this type of modelling. Strategic partnerships for CSA and transformational change in agriculture and food systems were the subjects of another important discussion session. Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director of the Climate and Environment, stressed the importance of GACSA leveraging the diversity of its members to achieve a global voice on pushing for CSA. They also spoke about the need to scale up CSA through financing and innovation, strengthen linkages between the multitude of actors who are involved in CSA, and creating working or knowledge sharing partnerships between GACSA members in order to create flexibility and resilience.
The three GACSA action groups on knowledge, investment, and enabling environments had fruitful strategic planning sessions on the second day of the GACSA annual forum. Each working group sketched out a roadmap for deliverable actions in the next 6-9 months in support of implementing their Strategic Plan. The enabling environment group proposed to create a document that builds awareness around enabling policies for scaling up CSA by farmers, which is to be presented at a yet to be determined workshop in the coming months. The knowledge action group proposed the creation of knowledge sharing platforms so that CSA actors can exchange experiences and best practices, engage multi-stakeholder communities, and gather information on CSA practices.