Research and engagement for scaling climate-smart agriculture in Latin America

Photo: J. L. Urrea (CCAFS)

This project aims to develop activities at different scales that will guide CCAFS synthesis, engagement and support across the regional portfolio. Local activities are related to the implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technological packages, as well as implementation of strategies to engage at community level in Latin America’s climate-smart villages (CSV) in order to create evidence to scale up and out the CSA approach through national and regional level stakeholders.

National and regional activities will include addressing priorities in the region, and context-specific actions and interactions with partners, governments and research centers will lead to the formulation and implementation of policies and strategies on climate change, agriculture and food security.

Project Activities

In 2020 and 2021, the climate-smart village (CSV) work in Latin America will focus on generating evidence on CSA, synthesizing research results, and key lessons from implementing the CSV approach in Latin America. We will focus on generating knowledge around the economics of CSA using CSV outputs and approaches. We will also emphasize fundraising and strategic engagement to promote scaling processes.

- Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) implementation and scaling.
- Support scaling of on-farm level planning tools for climate adaptation.
- School farms implementation as the participatory mechanism to increase resilience in communities.
- Monitoring and evaluation of CSA practices and technologies, including CBA analyses.
- GHG modelling and measurement, life cycle assessments in main productive systems in CSVs.
- In-depth analysis of the existing evidence on gender-sensitive CSA to inform policy processes and interventions in Central America.

In 2020 and 2021, the project will focus on generating synthesis papers about the interface between science and policies and investment processes in the region. Engagement with MoA and MoE will be a priority regarding NDCs revision. Country-wide scaling processes will continue (e.g. implementation of CSV approach). CCAFS will continue supporting national governments in implementing climate change actions in the agricultural sectors through prioritizing post-COVID-19 investments considering climate challenges.

Specific actions:
- Support to national governments on NDC revision.
- Support inclusion of gender-sensitive CSA in national programs, policies, and strategies.
- Support policy formulation and implementation processes on climate change, agriculture and food security using tools such as the future scenarios methodology.
- Support the development of climate-smart investments across countries in the region.
- Mitigation lenses of Local Technical Agroclimatic Committees (LTAC) approach: Case of Boyacá in Colombia

In 2020 and 2021, CCCAFS Latin America will focus on a strategic engagement for effective CSA scaling, such as capacity strengthening, policy formulation, and implementation based on CCAFS' previous work. We will emphasize on synthesis papers and documents that elaborate on regional successes and lessons about processes of linking science in policies and investments.

Specific activities:
- Assess the outcomes and impact of the CSA regional strategy in Central America.
- Support CAC and CCAD in implementing their "AFOLU 2040 Strategy", aligned to Regional CSA strategy.
- Technical support to the Latin America Platform for Climate Action (PLACA).
- Scaling of the Local Technical Agroclimatic Committees (LTACs) approach regionally in line with the Regional Strategy on Climate Risk Management in Latin America.
- Alignment of efforts in CSA R4D and scaling with CIP within the Andean Initiative.

The main aim of the project is to systematize agroecology’s role in climate resilience and develop an evidence-based case for agroecological farming and food system transitions that build on and strengthen Latin America’s family farming systems as low carbon pathways that can be scaled through a tailored cooperative economy mechanisms and enabling policy environments. This is a collaboration between CCAFS, CIP, Alliance Bioversity-CIAT, CIRAD and IRD.

Work packages include:
WP 1: Identification of demand-based R4D opportunities in agroecology
WP 2: Assessment of mitigation potential from agroecological practices in smallholder farming systems.
WP 3: Application of agroclimatic information by smallholder farmers in agroecology-based systems
WP 4: Development of a digital agroecological cooperative for low footprint traceability, participatory guarantee systems, and e-commerce.
WP 5: Enabling policies and agroecological scaling pathways for climate resilience.

Project Deliverables