Planning, implementing and evaluating Climate-Smart Agriculture in Smallholder Farming Systems

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Janie Rioux

Marta Gomez San Juan, Constance Neely, Christina Seeberg-Elverfeldt, Kaisa Karttunen, Todd Rosenstock, Josephine Kirui, Erasto Massoro, Mathew Mpanda, Anthony Kimaro, Thabit Masoud, Morgan Mutoko, Khamaldin Mutabazi, Geoff Kuehne, Anatoli Poultouchidou, Armine Avagyan, Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom, & Martial Bernoux

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August, 2016
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The pilot projects of the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of FAO in Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania have promoted climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and have been integrated into ongoing development programmes. The objective of the pilot projects was to show that smallholder farmers can improve their livelihoods and increase their productivity and contribute to climate change mitigation at the same time. The approach was to develop packages of climate-smart agricultural practices based on participatory assessments and expert consultations, implement the selected practices using a variety of extension methods and evaluate their effects on yield, food security and their potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on farms and throughout the landscape. Farmers who participated in the MICCA pilot projects reported that the main bene ts of CSA were higher yields, greater farm income and increased food availability. This is an indication that smallholder farmers can be an effective part of the response to climate change and make a meaningful contribution to reducing GHG emissions. Bringing sound, up-to-date evidence into decision-making processes can help shape policies that support CSA.

Climate-smart agriculture; smallholder farmers; planning; implementing; MICA
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Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Planning, implementing and evaluating Climate-Smart Agriculture in Smallholder Farming Systems, 2016. Rome, Italy.

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