COP23: The science-policy interface for climate-smart agriculture in action: What are the lessons learned?

Event Date and time


The Crop Trust, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen 7, Bonn 6

Agriculture is likely to be the sector most affected by the impacts of climate variability and change. At the same time, many countries have pledged to reduce their emissions following the landmark Paris Agreement in 2015, and many developing countries thus included agriculture and land use change in their NDCs both as a mitigation opportunity and an adaptation priority. In this context, Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is being promoted as a way for agriculture to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

To promote CSA in policies and investments, various efforts have worked at the science-policy interface to catalyze action. In more than 30 countries globally, CSA Profiles used a policy-engaged process that highlights impacts of climate change, identifies promising CSA practices, and reviews the institutional, policy and financing environment. This profiling and engagements, such as the International Center for Tropical Agriculture’s “Climate Policy Hub” for Asia, represent a new paradigm for providing evidence to support decision-making that foster the agricultural transformations needed to address climate change.

The objective of this side-event is to uncover the lessons learned through CSA Profiling, policy hubs, and other science-policy engagements, to improve decision-making in a world often characterized by increasingly complex policy issues as well as information overload. This event targeted at government officials, development organizations, researchers, the private sector and civil society, aims to highlight key reflections that can be drawn from specific engagements globally for promoting CSA in policies and investments.  


09:30 - 09:40

Welcome and overview of session

Dr. Evan Girvetz, CIAT

09:40 - 10:00

Keynote speed talks on science-policy interface for Climate Smart Agriculture

  • A Framework for the Science-Policy Interface 
  • Experiences working at the Science-Policy Interface 

Dr. Martin Kowarsch, MCC

Dr. Godefroy Grosjean, CIAT

10:00 - 10:10

Questions from the audience on speed talks

10:10 - 10:30

Policy-makers perspectives and experiences: what are their experiences and what do they need? (7 minutes each)

Alicia Ilaga, AMIA Platform of Partnership and Innovation, Philippines

Dr. Lucy Ng’ang’a, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture

10:30 - 10:50

Development practitioners perspectives and experiences—challenges, opportunities and lessons learned (5 minutes each)

Dr. Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, CTA

Dr. Anthony Nyong, African Development Bank

Ilaria Firmian, Knowledge Officer, Environment and Climate Division, IFAD 

Margaret Yoovatana, ASEAN CRN Focal Point 

Dr Gerd Fleischer, GIZ

10:50 - 11:25

Moderated discussion on the science-policy interface for scaling CSA:

  • What actors should be involved?
  • What types of approaches and information is needed?
  • How to convey results to best support investment in CSA?
  • What is needed to better foster CSA science-policy interfaces?

11:25 - 11:30

Wrap up, next steps, and closing 

Dr. Evan Girvetz, CIAT

This event is part of the Agriculture advantage: the case for climate action in agriculture, an initiative and collaboration effort between different organizations with the mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. Click here to see the series of events at COP23.

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP23 in Bonn.