Many agricultural technologies and practices, including those qualifying as climate-smart, are not achieving their full potential impact because of low levels of adoption by farmers in developing countries. Despite successful pilot projects, uptake of new and innovative agricultural technologies and practices has often been poor, and we have still not been able to resolve problems of food insecurity and rural poverty.
It is this need to show real impact beyond the plot or site level to impacts for more people over wider areas, and for institutions and policies, that drives the interest in scaling up. The key challenge is to scale up promising pilot initiatives so that they can have a substantial impact on poverty.
A new paper by scientists at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) addresses the advantages and disadvantages of specific approaches that hold out promise for scaling up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to contribute meaningfully to the challenges of poverty and climate change. The paper builds on the existing agricultural adoption and CSA literature to unite the concepts under a common framework and draw from the learning to inform future actions.
The authors draw on eleven case studies that were selected from a portfolio of climate-smart agriculture projects undertaken by CCAFS. Read more