Climate Smart Agriculture : Building Resilience to Climate Change

Climate Smart Agriculture : Building Resilience to Climate Change

By Leslie Lipper (editor)
Book Description

The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) concept is gaining considerable traction at international and national levels to meet the challenges of addressing agricultural planning under climate change. CSA is a concept that calls for integration of the need for adaptation and the possibility of mitigation in agricultural growth strategies to support food security. Several countries around the world have expressed intent to adopt CSA approach to managing their agricultural sectors. However there is considerable confusion about what the CSA concept and approach actually involve, and wide variation in how the term is used. It is critical to build a more formal basis for the CSA concept and methodology and at the same time providing illustrations of how the concept can be applied across a range of conditions. This book expand and formalize the conceptual foundations of CSA drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional and resource economics. The book is also devoted to a set of country level case studies illustrating the economic basis of CSA in terms of reducing vulnerability, increasing adaptive capacity and ex-post risk coping. It also addresses policy issues related to climate change focusing on the implications of the empirical findings for devising effective strategies and policies to support resilience and the implications for agriculture and climate change policy at national, regional and international levels. The book provide development agencies and practitioners, policymakers, civil society, research and academia as well as private sector with tested good practices and innovative approaches of promoting CSA system at country level.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Frontmatter
  • 1. Overview and Conceptual Framework
    • Introduction and Overview
    • A Short History of the Evolution of the Climate Smart Agriculture Approach and Its Links to Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture Debates
    • Economics of Climate Smart Agriculture: An Overview
    • Innovation in Response to Climate Change
  • 2. Case Studies: Vulnerability Measurements and Assessment
    • Use of Satellite Information on Wetness and Temperature for Crop Yield Prediction and River Resource Planning
    • Early Warning Techniques for Local Climate Resilience: Smallholder Rice in Lao PDR
    • Farmers’ Perceptions of and Adaptations to Climate Change in Southeast Asia: The Case Study from Thailand and Vietnam
    • U.S. Maize Yield Growth and Countervailing Climate Change Impacts
    • Understanding Tradeoffs in the Context of Farm-Scale Impacts: An Application of Decision-Support Tools for Assessing Climate Smart Agriculture
  • 3. Case Studies: Policy Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity
    • Can Insurance Help Manage Climate Risk and Food Insecurity? Evidence from the Pastoral Regions of East Africa
    • Can Cash Transfer Programmes Promote Household Resilience? Cross-Country Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Input Subsidy Programs and Climate Smart Agriculture: Current Realities and Future Potential
  • 4. Case Studies: System Level Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity
    • Robust Decision Making for a Climate-Resilient Development of the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria
    • Using AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessment Methods to Evaluate Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Smart Agricultural Systems
    • Climate Smart Food Supply Chains in Developing Countries in an Era of Rapid Dual Change in Agrifood Systems and the Climate
    • The Adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture: The Role of Information and Insurance Under Climate Change
    • A Qualitative Evaluation of CSA Options in Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems in Developing Countries
    • Identifying Strategies to Enhance the Resilience of Smallholder Farming Systems: Evidence from Zambia
  • 5. Case Studies: Farm Level Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity
    • Climate Risk Management through Sustainable Land and Water Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Improving the Resilience of Central Asian Agriculture to Weather Variability and Climate Change
    • Managing Environmental Risk in Presence of Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia
    • Diversification as Part of a CSA Strategy: The Cases of Zambia and Malawi
    • Economic Analysis of Improved Smallholder Paddy and Maize Production in Northern Viet Nam and Implications for Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • 6. Policy Synthesis and Conclusion
    • Devising Effective Strategies and Policies for CSA: Insights from a Panel of Global Policy Experts
    • Conclusion and Policy Implications to “Climate Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience to Climate Change”
  • Backmatter
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