How can farmers become resillient to changing climate? Can policy makers and key stakeholders in the agriculture sector ensure climate-smart agriculture is adopted by rural farmers to raise incomes?

Growing climate risks require transformation to climate smart agriculture innovations by farmers, private sector and public services in order to provide widely shared livelihood benefits. The event is jointly organised by the University of Copenhagen, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR). 

The session will explore how to leverage policy, technical and financial support to scale-up the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices in farming systems. Event participants will also explore the role of science in informing the integration of CSA innovations into national development policies and programmes.

The event is designed to answer the following key questions:

  1. What frameworks (policy, financial, technical etc.) do countries need to put in place to support the uptake of CSA among rural farmers?
  2. Can blending science and traditional knowledge and practices enhance adaptation to climate change and ensure food security amongst rural communities?
  3. How are emerging CSA technologies leading to increase in rural incomes and enhancing food security?
  4.  How can farmer organizations support the uptake of CSA technologies and practices in rural areas?


Facilitator: Stephen King’uyu, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MEWNR), Kenya


Proposed Topic


Welcome Remarks


Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water & Natural Resources - Kenya

Farmer centered & small holder approaches offer us our best opportunity to address  food security in a changing climate

Julian Goncalves, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) – Philippines

Combining science and traditional knowledge: alternative of adaptation to climate change and strengthening food security in Central America

Sergio Alonzo, Association of Organizations of The Cuchumatanes (ASOCUCH), Guatemala

Towards Competitiveness: Improving rice productivity through application of climate smart technologies amongst Colombian rice growers

Mrs. Myriam Patricia Guzman, National Rice Growers Federation (FEDEARROZ), Colombia


The role of farmers organizations in driving the transition to climate smart agriculture

Manyewu Mutamba, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Developing and implementing national policies, strategies, programs and projects to enhance food security and livelihoods: Kenya Country Experience

Janet Oyuke, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), Kenya

Open discusions with participants (Q&A)  

James Kinyangi  (CCAFS)

Launch of the Climate and Agriculture Network for Africa (CANA)

End of the Session