CCAFS Learning Platform on Ex-ante Evaluation and Decision Support for Climate-Smart Options

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About the learning platform

The CCAFS Learning Platform on Ex-ante Evaluation and Decision Support for Climate-Smart Options addresses advance assessment of climate-smart practices, technologies and policies, helps set realistic CSA targets, and interfaces with CGIAR Research Program (CRP) breeding programs and foresight modelling work. The work will contribute to developing information concerning what is “climate-smart” in different contexts and at different scales, identifying appropriate baskets of different interventions for different situations, and defining thresholds for system and livelihood transformation.

The learning platform will operate through alliances built around research activities, working with CGIAR Centers and CRPs where there is mutual interest and benefit.

Work under the learning platform will revolve around joint research activities, meetings, publications and concept note/proposal development. We will also investigate and implement innovative ways of distilling and communicating learning.


Key partners include the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the IFPRI-led Global Futures project, the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), Utrecht University and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the International Potato Center (CIP), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, Excellence in Breeding Platform, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and potentially other Centers and CRPs. Other key partners include the World Bank, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Further information

For more information, please contact CCAFS Priorities and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture Flagship Leader Philip Thornton at