CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture

24 May 2012: The Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) South Asia of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

CSALP will provide a collective platform for policy advocacy and to facilitate the development of Climate Smart Agriculture Knowledge Bank, with evidence of and best practices on climate smart agriculture. The Platform aims to: encourage communication among policy makers, political leaders, researchers, farmers and civil society; and engage in multi-sectoral learning.

The establishment of the platform underlines the need for science to inform climate change policy development and implementation processes, and aims to facilitate better communication at the science-policy level to improve integration of adaptation and mitigation into poverty and development programming. To this end, CSALP will publish a quarterly e-newsletter that will be circulated in the region.

The first edition of the newsletter features stories on: weather index insurance; adaptation options for climate smart agriculture; climate change impacts on fisheries; national initiatives on climate resilient agriculture; opportunities for climate change in South Asia; gender and climate change; managed aquifer discharge in Punjab; and use of genetic diversity. [CCAFS Press Release] [First CSALP Newsletter]