Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP)

Climate Smart Agriculture: Mapping guidance on climate change

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The CEIL PEAKS programme contracted GCAP to produce a report as guidance for DFID country offices on actions needed to address the predicted impacts, both negative and positive, of climate change on agriculture and the potential adaptation measures.

Fourteen examples of guidance on agriculture and climate adaptation are reviewed under section headings: Framing Guidance on Adaptation; Scanning Guidance on Climate Smart Agriculture; and Lessons Learnt. This last section encompassing leadership, innovation and transformation as well as the Theory of Change. Most of the guidance reviewed focuses on ‘good development’ and ‘disaster risk reduction' taking into account programme and project design.

In summary, the following recommendations are made:

  • Existing guidance, especially in the FAO Sourcebook and the World Bank portal, to be highlighted;
  • More focused guidance on cross-sectoral areas especially for long-term investment decisions. These include: Biofuels and competition for food crops; Water and energy and landscape planning; Land ownership and foreign investment; Private sector business models and value chains that reach the many small-scale producers and food processors;
  • Specific processes, such as learning platforms on risks and opportunities to support practical decision making, to be considered;
  • Online knowledge management service to screen project proposals against agreed criteria;
  • Templates for national guides to build a working library of good practice. A library of good practice examples would complement the more generic guidance. A set of templates to be created that are relatively easy to adapt to specific countries and agricultural systems.

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