Up until 2015, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) was structured around four closely inter-linked global Research Themes (see Figure 1). While the new Research Flagships builds upon the structure and lessons learnt from the previous Research Themes, the two models are different. This page is dedicated to explicating the structure of the CCAFS Research Themes.
Three of the Research Themes involved field-level work in benchmark sites in the target regions
These 'place-based' themes worked together to identify and test (through adaptive research) technologies, practices and policies, and enhance capacity to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities.
A fourth set of themes provided an analytical and diagnostic framework that is grounded in the policy environment, incorporates biophysical effects, quantifies uncertainty where possible and ensures effective engagement of rural communities and institutional and policy stakeholders.
It addressed the need for methods, models, databases and system metrics aimed at two broad challenges: (1) enhanced assessment of the likely impacts of climate change on agricultural systems, particularly in the context of other social and economic changes; and (2) improved methodologies to assess the likely impacts of different policy and program interventions to foster adaptation and mitigation in terms of poverty alleviation, food security and environmental health.
These themes included:
The Consolidated logframe of activities 2012-2015 outlines the activities of the different research themes.