Joint action: USAID and CIAT partner to tackle climate change

Ongoing projects illustrate some of the ways USAID, CIAT, and global partners are coming to grips with climate change in agriculture. Photo: Fintrac Inc.

CIAT is helping ensure that USAID programs are not undermined by climate change and support the transition to low-carbon growth.

USAID’s mission is to promote human development and stable, free, and prosperous societies around the world. But as climate change advances, promoting sustainable global development is critical.This collection of 3 ongoing projects illustrates some of the ways USAID, CIAT, and global partners are coming to grips with climate change in agriculture:

1. Better information for climate-resilient decision making

“At the end of last year, a new collaborative initiative began to support Feed the Future missions in integrating climate information and information associated with climate-smart agriculture into their programming. These systems will help assess and prioritize actions and pursue policies that facilitate high return on investments in sustainable agriculture,” said Steven Prager, CIAT senior scientist.

2. Learning and leveraging climate information lessons

USAID investments are helping some of the world’s most vulnerable areas anticipate and prepare for climate change risks. Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), CIAT, and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are closely assessing the Malian government’s successful agrometeorological program to identify opportunities and challenges in providing rural communities with useful climate information.

3. Climate-smart agriculture action in Africa

CIAT and partners are working to develop six CSA country profiles for Africa, prepared with the active participation of government ministries and agencies as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society. Using highly-informative “infographics” to convey key messages at a glance, each profile will describe the overall context of agriculture and climate change, survey climate-smart technologies and practices that have already been adopted, and explain the institutions and policies in place to advance these options, assess opportunities for financing, and present case studies on especially promising initiatives.

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Melissa Reichwage is Development Coordinator for International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).