Impact through policies and partnerships

D. Peniston
Outcomes & Impacts

Launching the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Feeding an ever-growing global population is an immense challenge: by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people in the world, and demand for food will have increased by 60%. This population pressure, coupled with environmental changes brought about by climate change, means that coordinated action to develop and promote climate-smart agriculture has never been more urgent.

CGIAR has pledged to bring Climate-Smart Agriculture innovations to half a billion farmers over the next 15 years.

In response to this challenge, CCAFS has been working with global partners to help bring about the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). After 4 years of international effort, this alliance was launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September 2014.

“I am glad to see action that will increase agricultural productivity, build resilience for farmers and reduce carbon emissions. These efforts will improve food and nutrition security for billions of people.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

With more than 80 members from around the world, the Alliance brings together governments, civil society and the private sector to share progress and lessons learned on climate-smart innovations. It will work with stakeholders including policy makers, farmers, scientists, business leaders and development workers.

The Alliance aims to help farmers across the world achieve sustainable and equitable increases in yields and incomes. It will spearhead efforts to strengthen food security by making food systems and farming livelihoods more resilient to the effects of climate change. And it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture wherever possible.

CGIAR and CCAFS will play 4 distinct roles in the Alliance. First, CGIAR will serve as a standard-bearer for climate-smart agriculture. Second, it will help communicate best practice to small-scale farmers. Third, it will ensure that knowledge is shared quickly and effectively. Fourth, CGIAR and CCAFS will deliver expert advice to the Alliance. For example, CCAFS already co-convenes the Alliance’s Knowledge Action Group in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

CGIAR pledged to bring climate-smart innovations to half a billion farmers over the next 15 years

CGIAR pledged to bring climate-smart innovations to half a billion farmers over the next 15 years. C. Schubert (CCAFS)

The Alliance, with support from CGIAR, has pledged to bring climate-smart agricultural innovations to half a billion farmers over the next 15 years. The Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture, and the work of CCAFS, is an important step forward in making that pledge a reality.