ProjectResearch and engagement at different scales in Latin AmericaDeveloping Climate-Smart Villages in Latin America

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Addressing the need for proven and effective CSA options, CCAFS has developed the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) approach as a means to agricultural research for development (AR4D) in the context of climate change. It seeks to fill knowledge gaps and stimulate scaling of CSA. The CSV approach is founded on the principles of participatory action research for grounding research on appropriate and location/context-specific enabling conditions, generating greater evidence of CSA effectiveness in a real-life setting and facilitating co-development of scaling mechanisms towards landscapes, subnational and national levels. Learn more about this activity.

This activity is focused in the four CSVs in Latin America: Cauca (Colombia), El Tuma-La Dalia (Nicaragua), Olopa (Guatemala) and Santa Rita (Honduras). Actions in this activity include:

  • Formulation and implementation of local adaptation plans.
  • School farms implementation as the participatory mechanism to increase resilience in communities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of CSA practices and technologies, and a cost-benefit analysis.
  • GHG modelling and measurement in main productive systems in CSVs.
  • Soils analysis related to modeling and identifying vulnerable areas to water erosion and superficial runoffs.
  • Implementation of the Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) methodology. Read the stories related.
  • Implementation of scaling up and out strategies including policy engagement, markets and business.
  • Innovation platform for improving farmers’ adoption of CSA technologies.
  • Gender analysis for CSA practices and technologies design and evaluation.