Climate Smart Agriculture in Feed the Future Programs
Feed the Future was launched in 2010, building on earlier efforts to increase food security. The U.S. government Feed the Future program aims to reduce hunger and poverty, and at the same time improve nutrition, in particular as it affects child stunting. Three cross-cutting issues were also highlighted: gender, environment and climate change. Since the inception of Feed the Future, thinking around climate change impacts on agricultural transformation among smallholders, which is at the heart of the Feed the Future theory of change, has progressed. This newer understanding has become known as Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), which incorporates three specific goals (or pillars), namely sustainably increasing productivity and income, increasing adaptation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions below business as usual. This paper from USAID’s Bureau for Food Security is intended to convey how newer thinking, in particular with respect to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), should be integrated into Feed the Future programs.