Regional Workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Technologies

17 June, 2015 by (comments)
CSA Group Photo. Credit: IRRI

CSA Group Photo. Credit: IRRI

Scientists and experts in agriculture and climate change from across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines from June 2-4th, to discuss climate-smart agricultural technologies for the region. Participants came from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Nepal, and Bhutan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. Among them, Nora Guerten and Andy Jarvis represented CIAT.

Agriculture is major component of South and Southeast Asian economies with nearly 50 percent of the population dependent on the sector for both food and livelihoods. Climate variability and increasing frequency of extreme weather events is already having an impact on crops, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture productivity.

Climate change will require changes in agricultural technologies, management practices, production systems, and behaviour of institutions, communities and individual farmers. To this end, Climate smart agriculture (CSA) technologies expected to sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience, reduce or remove GHG emissions, and enhance achievement of national food security and development goals in the region were discussed.

CSA Technologies workshop. Credit: IRRI.

CSA Technologies workshop. Credit: IRRI.

The Climate Smart Agriculture approach includes building resilience to shocks; addressing adaptation; considering climate change mitigation; identifying integrated options that create synergies and reduce trade-offs; identifying barriers to adoption and providing appropriate solutions; strengthening livelihoods by improving access to services, knowledge, and resources; and integrating climate financing with traditional sources of agricultural investments.

The workshop’s objectives were: 1. Present and discuss the background and features of selected CSA technologies, including costs and benefits; 2. Identify policies, tools and mechanisms that can facilitate their effective implementation; 3. Identify technical assistance and support services needed to accelerate up-scaling and out-scaling of CSA in participating countries; and 4. Prepare concept notes for Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) proposals.

Download the agenda and concept note.


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