CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE
As multinational companies grow more sophisticated in understanding their supply chains, the research community is also getting better at modeling and predicting future weather patterns, diseases, water availability, and other climate change impacts. The question is, how well are these sectors supporting and feeding each other?
Is the science on shifting crop suitability reaching the decision makers in the private sector? Are companies aware of what types of questions researchers can answer for them? Are researchers aware of the questions decision makers in these companies need answers to? And what does it take to design and implement production and procurement strategies that take climate adaptation, mitigation, and productivity into account?
The Sustainable Food Lab is partnering with CGIAR research institutions and several other organizations on two Climate Smart Agriculture Initiatives.
Mainstreaming Climate Smart Value Chains
The Mainstreaming Climate Smart Value Chains Initiative, Sustainable Food Lab, Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program led by CIAT and IITA, Rainforest Alliance, and Root Capital teamed up to start answering these questions, leveraging state-of-the art climate science for the benefit of cocoa and coffee farmers and supply chains actors in Ghana, Peru and Nicaragua.
The project has already unearthed strong private and public sector interest in the research findings around future climate suitability for crops and the value of pre-competitively sharing strategies for building climate resilience into cocoa and coffee supply chains. Stakeholders in both Peru and Ghana have been engaged in kick off workshops, and preliminary results from Ghana are being validated on the ground in 2016.
For more information, read Climate Smart Cocoa Picks up Steam in Ghana.
Feed the Future Learning Community for Private Investment in Climate Smart Agriculture
Building on the momentum of the Paris COP 21, USAID is teaming up with world renowned climate scientists in the CCAFS (CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security) global research program, the Sustainable Food Lab, and the innovative agricultural lender Root Capital to launch a learning community on private sector engagement in climate smart agriculture.
This activity has two overarching goals:
- Support private sector – global and local agribusiness – engagement in CSA; and
- Strengthen USAID and others’ capacity to stimulate investment and partner effectively with the private sector in the CSA arena.
The first goal will be tackled by analysis of and consultation with early mover companies, on how to develop and implement tailored climate smart strategies. The second goal will involve delivering a diagnostics toolkit for understanding climate exposure risk, evaluating costs and benefits of climate smart practices, and assessing the capacity of small and medium scale enterprises to deliver extension that facilitates farmer adoption of climate smart strategies. Finally, the consortium aims to establish a learning community to allow private and public sector actors to collaborate on answers to key questions on CSA engagement and share results on how best to scale climate smart value chains worldwide.
This project will also support smallholder-focused pilots in cocoa in West Africa and in cocoa and coffee in Central America. Based on opportunities identified by lead companies, the Learning Community can support design of up to two additional pilots in other crops and regions.
For more information, contact Stephanie Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org