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Climate-smart Agriculture Explained

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) (or climate resilient agriculture) is an integrated approach to managing land to help adapt agricultural methods, livestock and crops to the effects of climate change and, where possible, counteract it by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, while taking into account the growing world population to ensure food security.  The emphasis is not simply on carbon farming or sustainable agriculture, but also on increasing agricultural productivity.

CSA has three pillars: increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing or removing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

There are different actions listed to counter the future challenges for crops and plants. For example, with regard to rising temperatures and heat stress, CSA recommends the production of heat tolerant crop varieties, mulching, water management, shade house, boundary trees, carbon sequestration, and appropriate housing and spacing for cattle.  CSA seeks to stabilize crop production while mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change while maximizing food security.

There are attempts to mainstream CSA into core government policies, expenditures and planning frameworks.  In order for CSA policies to be effective, they must be able to contribute to broader economic growth, the sustainable development goals and poverty reduction.  They must also be integrated with disaster risk management strategies, actions, and social safety net programs.

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