Led by CIAT, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) is a collaboration to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies, and measures.
What we do: CCAFS Research Flagships
CCAFS tackles three of the greatest challenges facing humankind in the 21st century: food security, adaptation to climate change and mitigation of climate change.
Climate-smart agricultural practices
The Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices Flagship addresses the challenge of how to transition to climate-smart agriculture at a large scale.
Climate Risk Management
The Climate Risk Management Flagship develops climate information services, index-based insurance policies and food security safety nets to help farmers become more resilient and food secure.
Low Emissions Agriculture
The Low Emissions Agriculture Flagship seeks to identify agricultural development options that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration.
Gender and social inclusion
The main objective of the Gender and Social Inclusion Flagship is to have a positive impact on social inclusion for rural poor by providing relevant gender analyses across the program.
Policies and institutions
The Policies and Institutions Flagship supports the development of policies and institutions that integrate climate change into agricultural plans, and vice versa.
How we do it: A strategic collaboration
CCAFS brings together some of the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, climate science, environmental and social sciences to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture.
The program is carried out with funding support from governments and aid agencies, both through the CGIAR Fund and bilaterally.
As a direct result of CCAFS research, Nicaragua launched a National Adaptation Plan for Agriculture (NAPA). CIAT’s impact analyses and engagement in private and public sector policy meetings contributed to the plan, which includes measures for adapting smallholder coffee farmers’ livelihoods to climate change and diversifying coffee-based incomes as priorities. The plan attracted major investment for adapting coffee and cocoa production to changes in climate. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has provided USD 24 million to help coffee and cocoa farmers adapt to changes in climate.
In Uganda, researchers used the CIAT-developed Climate-Smart Agriculture Rapid Appraisal (CSA-RA) Prioritization Tool to provide appraisals of farming systems in four districts. The appraisals offered essential information on current challenges and potential adaptation strategies, as well as recommendations on how to address these. IFAD used this information to design the USD 71 million Restoration of Livelihoods in Northern Uganda (PRELNOR) project, which is being implemented in 6 districts in 2016.
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