Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovations

Climate change is humanity’s biggest challenge; agriculture is particularly affected, given its dependency on weather and functioning ecosystems. In addition, while agriculture is greatly impacted by a changing climate, it is also one of the biggest drivers of climate change. Agriculture and land-use change account for roughly 25% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is hence an immediate need both to mitigate the effect of agriculture on global warming and for farming systems to adapt to non-mitigatable climate change. Smallholders in low- and middle-income countries are particularly exposed. Already producing low and erratic yields, and often disconnected from major input and output value chains, financial safety nets and extension services, they are uniquely vulnerable to the risks associated with climate change and the degradation of agricultural ecosystems.

In response to this urgent challenge, SFSA is including Climate-Smart, Resilient Agriculture (CSRA) as a core component of its renewed strategy. This decision highlights the need – and our determination – to help smallholders to deal better with the consequences of climate change.

SFSA is already 'Climate-Smart' in many ways: For instance, we engage in developing and delivering climate-smart genetics, index-based weather insurance products, tools for precision input use, water-efficient irrigation and energy-efficient mechanization. However, tackling the systemic challenge of climate change requires us to go beyond isolated interventions. We will now build solutions that improve the capacity of farming systems to mitigate and adapt to climate change in more systemic and sustainable ways.