To deliver a food secure future, it is imperative that we increase the capacity of individuals, households and institutions to meet the threats posed by climate change. By increasing capacity, we can increase food security and livelihood security while also improving the management of environmental resources, safeguarding them for future generations.

For this reason, capacity enhancement is a cross-cutting issue that is integrated into the work carried out by all Flagships of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). It acts as an essential element for delivering CCAFS outcomes.

To increase capacity effectively, CCAFS takes a two-tiered approach. First, CCAFS aims to increase the capacity of research partners to generate knowledge. Once that knowledge is produced, CCAFS then works to increase the capacity of decision-makers to demand and use that knowledge effectively. Activities with researchers will include training in and co-development of scientific tools and models, support for a network of research students to share methods, support for women in their workplaces, and south-south and south-north exchanges. While activities with decision-makers will include knowledge-sharing platforms, critical science-policy dialogues, support to attend key decision-making forums at regional and global levels, awareness-raising on decision-support tools and other CCAFS outputs, and multi-stakeholder development of regional scenarios looking forward to 2030. 

Please click here to read the CCAFS Phase II Capacity Development Strategy.

Examples of current initiatives:

CLIFF PhD Student Network

The Climate Food and Farming Research Network (CLIFF) is an international research network that enhances the capacity of young researchers working on climate change mitigation in smallholder farming. It achieves this by linking leading researchers with doctoral students who wish to participate in the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project. The CLIFF network generates novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems and facilitates South-South knowledge exchange. It is a long-term investment in developing countries’ capacities to measure and mitigate climate change from agriculture. From 2012-2015, 35 students from 20 countries have been supported to carry out research. International meetings expose CLIFF students to cutting-edge science and leads to increase participation and perspectives from from around the globe. CLIFF grant calls are issued annually.

Learn more on the CLIFF webpage.

South-South exchange between Colombia and Senegal

CCAFS facilitated a South-South learning exchange between decision makers in Colombia and Senegal to share experiences and strengthen the resilience of their agricultural sectors in the face of climate variability and change. The Colombian delegation visited Dakar and Kaffrine and met with Senegalese counterparts. The visit strengthened ties between the two delegations through face-to-face exchange and a joint workshop allowed them to share their strategies for incorporating climate change into an agricultural agenda. The exchange culminated in an agreement among the institutions in the Colombian delegation to implement three pilots in Colombia, in the framework of the CIAT-MADR collaboration, inspired by the Kaffrine model.

Read more about the Colombia and Senegal exchange here: