On July 21, 2015, members of the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development (C4D), academics and policy makers met for a learning event on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). First introduced in 2010 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, CSA is increasingly being touted as one method that will help small-scale farmers adjust to a changing climate. CSA has three pillars: ‘1. sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; 2. adapting and building resilience to climate change; 3. reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible’ (Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook, FAO, 2013). In July 2015 Canada joined the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), which was launched in 2014.

C4D CSA learning event

This learning event offered an opportunity for development practitioners and policy makers to more fully understand the components of CSA, how it can contribute to food and nutrition security, and its potential advantages and pitfalls.

Purpose & Objectives

Climate change is already having an impact on farmers around the world, especially in the Global South. Increasing temperatures, variable precipitation and more frequent and intense weather events will continue to challenge farmers’ ability to feed a growing population. This one-day event probed questions of whether Climate Smart Agriculture is a laudable practice to pursue, or whether other methods might be more appropriate in helping small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.

This C4D learning event was intended to:

  1. Explore possible contributions of CSA to food and nutrition security;
  2. Create a space for learning and sharing experiences on CSA and its application in reducing the impacts of climate change and promoting resilient farming practices;
  3. Provide capacity building for international development organizations seeking to implement CSA practices in their programming efforts; and
  4. Encourage policy dialogue around CSA.


To read a Report with highlights of the Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Event, view PDF. This document reflects the key perspectives presented and discussed at the event.

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