Scaling climate smart agriculture through business development

CIMMYT launched a new project on 24 February 2015. The project is one of the CGIAR/CCAFS Flagship Projects on Climate Smart Agriculture.

The project focuses on up and out scaling of local Climate Smart Agricultural practices in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It aims to mainstream Climate Smart Agricultural practices in ‘Local Adaptation Plans for Action’ and Climate Smart Villages. Currently these villages are included in the development of agrotechniques that give insight in for instance; land leveling and precision nutrient management or soil fertility. These practices can benefit farmers, but are not yet mainstream. There is a need still to identify, adapt and evaluate opportunities for demand-driven interventions in order to improve sustainable livelihoods and adaptation to climate change.

The project also seeks to develop an enabling environment for incentives, policies and institutes at sub-national scale. Wageningen Environmental Researchs' role will be to support up and out scaling by developing business cases for Climate Smart Agricultural practices. An innovation platform will be set up where stakeholders can process interventions and business ideas into business plans and implementation.

The project can be considered a flagship project within the strategic programme ‘Green Climate Solutions’ but clearly links with Green Economic Growth and Food Security as well. The project is also related to the Climate KIC booster CSA project.