Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. It aims to simultaneously achieve three outcomes which are:
- Increased Productivity
This involves production of more food in order to improve food and nutrition security and boost the incomes of 75% of the world’s poor who live in rural areas and mainly rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
- Enhanced Resilience
This is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of crops to drought, pests, disease and other shocks; and to improve capacity to adapt and grow in the face of longer-term stresses like shortened seasons and erratic weather patterns.
- Reduced Emissions
This is targeted at lowering emissions for each calorie or kilo of food produced, to avoid deforestation from agriculture and identify ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere.Climate-Smart Agriculture is key to the sustainable future of agriculture. Be a part of that future by playing your part in optimizing opportunities to function in achieving its goals.
P.S: Through what ways do you think Climate-Smart Agriculture can be enhanced to achieve its aims and objectives? (Kindly drop your suggestions in the comment section)