Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) are sites in which researchers from national and international organisations, farmers’ cooperatives, local government leaders, private sector organisations and key policy planners come together to identify which climate-smart agriculture interventions are most appropriate to tackle the climate and agriculture challenges in the village. The idea is to integrate climate-smart agriculture into village development plans, using local knowledge and expertise and supported by local institutions. Climate-smart agriculture strives to sustainably increase productivity and incomes, build resilience and adaptive capacity, and ,where possible, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It works to enhance the achievement of national food security and development goals.The Climate-Smart Village adopts a portfolio of interventions that cover the full spectrum of farm activities. These include water smart practices (rainwater harvesting, laser land levelling,
micro-irrigation, raised bed planting, crop diversification, alternate wetting and drying in rice, direct seeded rice), weather smart activities (ICT-based agromet services, index-based insurance, stress tolerant crops and varieties), nutrient smart practices (precision fertilizer application using
Nutrient Expert decision support tools, GreenSeeker and Leaf Color Chart, residue management, legume catch-cropping), carbon and energy smart (zero tillage, residue management, legumes) and knowledge smart activities (farmer-farmer learning, capacity enhancement on climate-smart
agriculture, community seed banks and cooperatives). These interventions work together to increase a community’s resilience to climatic stresses while ensuring household food and livelihood security.
Problem addressed: Need for a holistic and community-based approach to Sustainable Agriculture
CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)
CGIAR System Management Office
1000, Avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier cedex 5
Phone: +33 4 67 04 75 75
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1) CGIAR website
2) UNFCCC website ( Document: "Technologies for Adaptation in the AgricultureSector")
3) Research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
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