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Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in small-scale farming

Dear group members,


Climate change is already having a huge impact on agriculture and food security, due to increased prevalence of extreme weather events and the increased unpredictability of weather patterns. These affect the productivity of farming systems and, as a further consequence, create income insecurities for farmers. Adaptation to climate change and climate change mitigation (lower emission intensities per output unit) thus are one of the topmost priorities of FAO's work. Because, in order to achieve food security and agricultural development goals with a growing world population, adaptation to climate change and lower emission intensities per output will be necessary.

Climate change is a major issue and is currently addressed on the highest political levels, in order to reach an international binding agreement in the context of the COP21 (Conference of Parties) in Paris. 

Smallholder farmers in developing countries and pastoralists in particular are being hard hit by these changes of climatic conditions. Many small-scale producers are already coping with a degraded natural resource base. They often lack knowledge about potential options for adapting their production systems and have limited assets and risk-taking capacity to access and use technologies and financial services.

Smallholder farmers can make a major contribution to address climate change. By its work, FAO is highlighting the role of small-scale farmers for coping with climate change and its impacts on agriculture. An ecosystem approach in agriculture can help to deal with the impacts of climate change and there are many ways to overcome barriers in the adoption of CSA.

The TECA platform highlights the role of small-scale practices and technologies for Climate-Smart Agriculture and is calling for members to share their practices dealing with CSA. Which practices do you apply to adapt to and/or mitigate climate change impacts? We would be happy to share with you already exisiting TECA practices and invite you to share experiences, practices and technologies that help to tackle climate change in small-scale agriculture.

Here are some useful links to TECA practices, which help to tackle climate change by Climate-smart agriculture.




For further information on climate change and CSA:




Best regards

Your TECA team