Climate-smart agriculture: case studies

We work with businesses, governments, civil society and international organisations to help them understand the impact of climate change on their agricultural interests and how they can respond. Examples of the projects we have delivered can be found below.

Climate-smart agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

We received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to implement the 'Climate-smart agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa project'. This project, which ran from May 2011 to July 2012, seeks to help make climate finance work for smallholder farmers in the region. The work has engaged a wide range of stakeholders, including over 100 attendees at 2 workshops (Nairobi and Lilongwe), and has resulted in an extensive range of reports analysing the market opportunities, technical barriers, sources of finance and agricultural practices that smallholders can adopt to increase productivity, adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project has also supported the development of new user friendly GHG accounting and MRV tools for climate-smart agriculture as well as project developer guides. These reports and tools are freely available to stakeholders looking to adopt, set up, support or understand climate-smart agriculture practices and can be accessed via the following links:

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Climate-smart agribusiness workshops: Malawi and Zambia

Through the DfID funded Business Innovation Facility (BIF) we have been helping businesses in Africa to understand the impacts of climate change and develop strategies to respond to the opportunities and risks. As part of this we developed the ‘Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Development Framework’ (CCSDF), which allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop a high-level climate change strategy. In collaboration with the BIF teams in Malawi and Zambia, we held workshops and one-to-one consultations with BIF-supported businesses in the two pilot countries. To access the CCSDF and other project materials please click here.

Climate Vulnerability Assessment for a retailers supply chain

We undertook a climate risk analysis for a major UK supermarket chain's $1 billion global fresh produce line. Using a vulnerability-based model, we were able to look at how present climate risks (temperature, water, humidity, wind, cloud cover, sunshine) affect the growing conditions, required for fruit and vegetable production and contextualised this with wider business risks (political, tariffs, land rights, infrastructure etc). This gave our client an understanding of the specific climate and non-climate risks associated with sourcing fresh produce from particular locations, with a ‘Value at Risk’ calculation to help quantify strategic priorities. We projected how these risks would change with time under IPCC climate change scenarios to give a detailed register of present and future climate risks for each fresh product and each location. This work allowed our client to identify vulnerable sourcing countries and develop adaptation strategies for high-risk fresh produce items.

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