Triple Win: A relevant and practical concept for policymakers

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18 november 2011

Triple Win contributes to security of food supply, climate change adaptation and mitigation goals and is therefore an important concept in the stimulation of agricultural development. The Triple Win concept applies an integrated approach to these three policy domains instead of treating them separately.

agriculture in Ethiopia

As part of the policy-support research project ‘Sustainable Agricultural Strategies in a Climate Change Context in Ethiopia’, the LEI institute for agricultural economics co-organised a workshop on ‘Assessing Triple-Win Options’ in Addis Ababa in association with PRI and Alterra. The workshop participants discussed how far the proposed policy strategies in the national policy programmes ‘Ethiopia's Five-Year Growth and Transformation Plan’ and the ‘Climate Change National Adaptation Programme of Action’ contribute to the realisation of the goals for adaptation, mitigation and security of food supply. This provided a clearer idea of which of these policies was a potential triple win option and why.

How can local communities profit from triple win strategies?

The workshop looked at the participation of local communities in the development of triple win strategies. Various policy and research recommendations were formulated to ensure that local communities would reap the ensuing benefits. Case study research in the Central Rift Valley carried out by LEI in conjunction with the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network in Ethiopia indicated that if small-scale farmers are to participate in the development of triple win options their adaptive capacity must be improved first. This can be achieved by strengthening institutions, improving access to markets and offering land-ownership rights. It further emerged that ‘cost effectiveness’ and 'income generation for small-scale farmers’ can serve as robust and relevant triple win indicators for assessing the contribution of (policy) strategies to adaptation, mitigation and security of food supply on a higher as well as a local scale.

About the project

This project is a collaborative effort between Wageningen UR, the Land and Water Management Department in the Netherlands and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network in Ethiopia. LEI, part of Wageningen UR, is one of the partners. The project has been commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

Policy brief

The results of the workshop have been recorded a policy brief: