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Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Achieving sustainable food security in a world with a growing population, changing diets and a changing climate is a major challenge. More food is needed in the future but climate change means less food production potential and poor people will be hit the hardest. Climate-related crop failures, fishery collapses and livestock deaths already cause economic losses and undermine food security, and these are likely to become more severe as global warming continues.

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate. CCAFS brings together 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. CCAFS is implementing a uniquely innovative and transformative research program that addresses agriculture in the context of climate variability, climate change and uncertainty about future climate conditions.

CCAFS has four main topics or “flagships”:

FP1: Climate-smart agricultural practices

FP2: Climate-risk management

FP3: Low emissions agriculture

FP4: Gender and social inclusion

FP5: Policies and institutions

From the CGIAR and CCAFS websites

IN BRIEF

Objectives
  • Test, evaluate, promote and scale up integrated portfolios of technologies and practices that meet the needs of farmers – including women and marginalized groups
  • Help build adaptive capacity and resilience to climate variability and change, while increasing food availability and generating mitigation co-benefits
  • Integrate, and apply the best and most promising methods, tools and approaches for equitable local adaptation planning and governance
  • Enable smallholder farmers to transition towards more climate-smart production systems and climate-resilient livelihoods, while protecting them from climatic extremes
  • Develop, improve, and test climate information and advisory services for farmers, index-based insurance that protects farmers and unlocks opportunities to invest in climate smart practices, and food security early warning and safety net systems that protect livelihoods from extreme events
  • Identify agricultural development options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration
  • Produce research to improve estimates of farm emissions in smallholder systems
  • Provides tools and information to agriculture decision-makers
  • Supports the widespread implementation of low emissions agricultural practices and policies
  • Have a positive impact on social inclusion for rural poor by providing relevant gender analyses
  • Improve conducive policies and institutions that support the integration of climate change into agricultural policies and vice versa
  • Better understand the power dynamics and processes that affect climate and food systems policy development

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