Learning platform description
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 contributes 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 operates through alliances built around research activities, working with CGIAR Centers and CRPs where there is mutual interest and benefit. Work under the learning platform revolves around joint research activities, meetings, publications and concept note/proposal development. We also investigate and implement innovative ways of distilling and communicating learning.
- Agricultural Systems special issue, “Prioritising climate-smart agricultural interventions at different scales”, guest editors include Thornton and Aggarwal, nine papers on different tools with authors from eight CGIAR centres and four of CCAFS’ strategic partners.
- Journal article on “Ex-ante priority setting for CSA research”, describing a framework for assessing CSA research and action investments, illustrated with reference to several case studies of different CSA interventions.
- First publications on the impacts of climate change on feed and forages in tropical livestock systems
- Multi-species research activity to asses changes in global suitability for several key indicator forages to the 2050s
- Development of the ILRI Research Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation in Livestock Systems, around climate change modelling, environmental co-benefits of climate change adaptation in livestock production, and partner engagement.
- Development of a paper, “Uplifting Crop Yield in Dryland Environments”, with a focus on cereals and legumes targeted to the journal Biotechnology Advances, including harnessing genetic variation to develop stress tolerant cultivars, biotechnology-led methods to enhancing breeding for crop stress traits, and impact assessment of technological innovations.
- Working Paper on the production of vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, zinc, calcium, calories, and protein, broken down by country, by farm size, and by the mandate commodities of the CGIAR Centres.
- Joint CCAFS-EiB workshop in February 2018 and associated Info Note
- Work on pig heat stress mapping in relation to projected future changes in temperatures and relative humidity for targeting and priority setting
The Learning Platform addresses ex-ante evaluation of climate-smart practices, technologies and policies, helps set realistic CSA targets, and interface with CRP breeding programs and foresight modelling work. The work contributes 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.
Gender and youth
Gender and youth issues will be taken into consideration as part of the ex-ante evaluation of climate-smart practices, technologies and policies.
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- Global Futures project
- CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM)
- CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
- Utrecht University
- Wageningen University and Research (WUR)
- International Potato Center (CIP)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
- CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture
- Excellence in Breeding Platform
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
- World Bank
- International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
For more information, please contact project leader Philip Thornton, CCAFS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding for this project is provided by: