Partnerships for scaling out climate-smart agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project Description

This project formalizes new partnerships between CCAFS and development partners throughout Sub-Saharan Africa including but not limited to the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (AU-NEPAD), Alliance for CSA in Africa (ACSAA), Regional Economic Communities, FAO and national governments.

Through the co-development and application of analytically rigorous information, models and tools, these partnerships will support the up and out scaling of a climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approach for programs ranging from sub-national to continental levels. This initiative helps partners to use science-based approaches as they make decisions with regard to CSA programing.

The project extends other ongoing CCAFS and Centre activities—such as the CSA Compendium, CSA Prioritization Framework and Climate Wizard—to include advanced analytical approaches and co-learning partnerships with major development actors in sub-Saharan Africa to support the emerging CSA agenda. The data, tools, and lessons learned will be built into an open source platform that stands to become the clearinghouse for CSA decision-support.

Key activities include:

  • Developing baseline and foresight information on situation analysis, risks and vulnerabilities, targets for action, and CSA efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Targeting and Prioritizing interventions to improve development programming and policies.
  • Evaluating and optimizing participatory processes for co-developing next-users’ specific CSA project and investment portfolios.
  • Carrying out capacity development and training.


By 2019 as a result of the project, we expect that eleven entities (5 International, 3 in West Africa, and 3 in East Africa) will have used the information, approaches, and tools developed here to guide their CSA-related programming or policies/policy implementation.

Those entities include: AU-NEPAD; International NGOs including Oxfam, World Vision, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide; Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); regional and national NGOs; and various government department and ministries.


  • Data on CSA practice effectiveness.
  • CSA Spatial Database (biophysical, agricultural, market, and socio-economic conditions) & Compendium.
  • Interactive CSA mapping tool by farming system and administrative unit.
  • Situation analysis including World Bank Country Profiles, CSA practice and National level policy assessment, Institutional readiness analysis, Indicators of institutional capacity/need.
  • Africa CSA Baseline Targets Update and Assessment.
  • Participatory workshops to co-develop and pilot prioritization tools, and create  investment portfolios.
  • Practical guidelines for implementing CSA.
  • Evidence- and political-based definition on the African Perspective on CSA.
  • Research papers and Policy brief co-written with ACSAA.
  • Website, Training curriculum, materials.


The project team includes World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Oxfam, World Vision, CARE, CRS, Concern Worldwide, World Bank, IFAD, Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, COMESA, Southern African Development Community (SADC), East African Community (EAC), ECOWAS, AU-NEPAD, ACSAA, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).


Gender will be integrated throughout this project, in data collection, analysis and training, in order to support increasing women’s participation in CSA scaling and implementation activities.

Target countries

This research will be carried out in at least 20 African countries, including Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Namibia.

Links to further information

For further information, please contact the Project Leader, Todd Rosenstock, ICRAF ( )