Agriculture Advantage 2.0 at COP24 | CSA investment advantage: Climate-smart agriculture - identifying the best bets

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Join leaders in CSA to take stock of cutting edge CSA implementation initiatives and identify successful recipes for scaling.


To demystify climate-smart agriculture (CSA) by identifying CSA best bets and discussing proven state-of-the art approaches to design and operationalize climate-smart agriculture investment plans.


Agriculture is likely to be the most affected sector by the impacts of climate change. Many developing countries included agriculture and land use change as an adaptation priority and also a mitigation opportunity in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Positive climate outcomes from the agriculture sector in both areas require the identification of climate-smart, context specific and investment-ready, opportunities for farmers, investors and policy makers.

Promising climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices exist and lessons have been learnt in recent years that can support decision-making to foster the agricultural transformation needed to address climate change. However, many decision-makers still struggle identifying the best bet CSA interventions in their own context.

The objective of this side event is to demystify CSA presenting practical and cutting edge CSA prioritization processes that have proven successful in over 30 countries and used by government officials, development organizations, researchers, the private sector and civil society, in order to open up opportunities for scaling them up.

Tentative program




Tobias Baedeker, World Bank Welcome remarks

5 mins

Tobias Baedeker, World Bank and Godefroy Grosjean, Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Launch global synthesis report on CSA profiles – Bringing the concept of climate-smart agriculture to life: Insights from CSA profiles in over 30 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia

10 mins

Panel: Solutions to operationalize CSA investments and mobilize funding for realizing a food systems transformation

Moderator: Evan Girvetz, Senior Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

David Radcliffe, Consultant on ASAP programme, DFID Insights from IFAD ASAP programme in operationalizing CSA and designing interventions for rural transformation.

4 min

Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (TBC) The Bangladesh Climate Smart Investment Plan: Identifying best bet CSA investment packages and understanding their long-term impacts for policy planning

4 min

Zitouni Ould Dada, Deputy Director, Climate Change and Environment Division, FAO (TBC) Overview of successful CSA prioritization interventions from FAO

4 min

Tasila Banda, National Project Coordinator, Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Programme, Ministry of National Development Planning, Zambia (TBC) 4 min
Riad Balaghi, Head, Agronomy and Agricultural Machinery Department, National Institute for Agronomic Research Morocco CSA Investment Planning for supporting the Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative

4 min

Giriraj Amarnath, Research Group Leader, Water, Risks and Disasters (WRD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Prioritization framework for land and water management interventions: experiences from Climate Smart Villages in South and Southeast Asia

4 min

Moderated discussion panel (all session parties to take part)

20 mins

Moderated Q&A with audience

25 mins

Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Final remarks and wrap ups 10 mins

This event is part of the Agriculture Advantage 2.0 event series at COP24, a collaborative effort of more than 15 organizations with the mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. Click here to see the series of events at COP24.

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