WATCH: A Systems Approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture
Climate-smart agriculture interventions must address more than a few technologies, farming techniques, or social issues. To achieve good outcomes, practitioners must take a "systems approach" to CSA that looks at development through economic, environmental and social lenses.
"Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) goes beyond new technologies and practices like drought resistant varieties or precision farming. To achieve the multiple objectives of productivity and food security, enhanced farmer resilience and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, CSA must adopt various systems perspectives. These include landscapes and ecosystems, as well as value chains. From the systems perspective, it is important to pursue synergies between the different elements of the system, analyze and address trade-offs, and perform cost and benefits analysis. Only in this way can we determine which actions achieve the desired outcomes most efficiently on the basis of prior negotiation of stakeholder objectives." - via CGIAR