How we work

CCAFS tackles three of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century: food security, adaptation to climate change and mitigation of climate change. To meet these challenges, CCAFS is guided by a number of plans, strategies and structures.

The CCAFS Program Plan

For CCAFS Phase I (2011-2014) the CCAFS Program Plan was the guiding document that drove CCAFS research. Download the CCAFS Program Plan.

The Program was in its Extension Phase between Phase 1 and Phase 2 (2015-2016). Download the CCAFS Extension Proposal: Concept Note for 2015-2016.

The CCAFS Phase II proposal was developed for 2016 onward. A pre-proposal was submitted to the CGIAR Consortium in August 2015. 

The Program is now in its Phase II (2017-2022). Download the CCAFS Phase II full proposal (9.8 MB) and the Executive Summary.

Cross-Cutting Strategies

Within each of the CCAFS Flagships, research is guided by a number of cross-cutting strategies and principles.

Research Flagships

CCAFS research is organized around four Research Flagships:

1. Climate-smart agricultural practices

2. Climate information services and climate-informed safety nets

3. Low-emissions agricultural development

4. Policies and institutions for climate-resilient food systems

Click here to learn more about CCAFS research.

Foresight and Priority Setting Strategy

Foresight analysis and priority setting are key components of the CCAFS approach to research. Only through forward-thinking and planning, can CCAFS guide its investments and strengthen its interventions effectively. Read more.

Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy

Through self-reflection and evaluation, CCAFS identifies pathways that lead to real impact. Understanding these pathways is imperative if we are to take advantage of them. For this reason, monitoring and evaluation is one of the cornerstones of CCAFS research. Read more.

Partnerships Strategy

No single research institution working alone can address the critically important issues of global climate change, agriculture and food security. CCAFS will address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through strategic collaboration. The program is led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Read more.

Capacity Enhancement Strategy

To complement core research activities, CCAFS is helping enhance capacity among different stakeholder groups to overcome the additional threats posed by a changing climate to achieving food security, enhancing livelihoods and improving environmental management. Read more.

Gender & Social Inclusion Strategy

CCAFS aims to strengthen its development impact through the integration of gender issues into research, to ensure that rural women benefit from its contribution to poverty reduction, enhanced environmental resilience, improved food security, human health and nutrition. Read more.

Data Management Strategy

CCAFS aims to enable scientists and partners to produce and share high-quality data outputs throughout the program, while at the same time enabling a variety of data management procedures and good practices at the project level. Read more.

Communications & Engagement Strategy

Within the global climate discussion, there is great need for evidence-based research nd communication that can bring clarity to the complex trade-offs that exist between food security, development and climate action. By putting high-level research at the foundation of all CCAFS communication activities, CCAFS helps to bring clarity to discussions around the trade-offs between food security and the environment. Read more.

CCAFS Structure & Strategy (2011-2014)

In 2015, CCAFS began a transition to a structure focused around four Flagships and a results-based management approach to planning and evaluation. To view documents pertaining to the previous CCAFS structure and strategy, please click here.