CSA Booster: climate smart solutions for agriculture

Published on
May 19, 2015

Climate change threatens agriculture worldwide. It impacts productivity and stability of production. Improvements in production systems and livestock breeding are mission critical and time is of the essence.

Agriculture worldwide faces negative impact of Climate Change

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a way to achieve short term, medium and longer term agricultural development priorities. All stakeholders in the value chain from governments, to producers and buyers, should act as one to face the increasingly negative impact of climate change: securing necessary policies, technical and financial conditions for increased productivity, building resilience and the capacity to adapt, and seeking opportunities to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gasses.

CSA Booster: filling the gap of technology supply and demand

There are currently many technologies and solutions for CSA available. Unfortunately they are not applied to their full extent. To force a change the CSA Booster was launched in January 2015. Climate-KIC funds this powerful initiative. CSA Booster is a network of enterprises and organisations. Its main goal is to increase the development, marketing and adoption of CSA solutions in Europe. Its primary focus is to fill the gap between supply and demand of CSA technologies. At this moment CSA Booster has a portfolio of 50 CSA solutions of which 25 are ready to go to market. The portfolio contains information on the product or service, the impact on climate, value propositions, market information, and information on finance mechanisms and management and legal issues.

CSA Booster: a truly European organisation

The CSA Booster is driven by six European knowledge institutes in agricultural and environmental science and business model development:  Wageningen UR (Alterra and Wageningen University) (lead), CNR-IBIMET (Italy), South Pole Group (Switzerland), INRA (France) and the University of Reading (UK). The CSA Booster collaborates with a secondary circle of about 40 organisations from the agro-food industry, the agricultural sector, authorities, organisations related to food and agriculture and technology providers in Europe, as well as with the world community. It connects providers and users of CSA solutions to European networks, and it provides science-based quality stamps and certification.

CSA Booster’s ambition is to develop into an independent and leading network organisation in climate smart agriculture in Europe by 2018, functioning as a broker between the agro-food industry, the policy forming community and CSA technology providers. Such an organization is currently missing at the European level. At the global level FAO supports Climate Smart Agriculture through the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA)CSA Booster is a member of GACSA.