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Reaching more farmers – innovative approaches to scaling up climate smart agriculture

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O. Westermann
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The purpose of this working paper is to provide insight into using novel approaches to scale up research findings on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) to meaningfully address the challenges of poverty and climate change. The approaches described include those based on value chains and private sector involvement, policy engagement, and information and communication technologies and agro-advisory services. The paper draws on 11 case studies to exemplify these new approaches to scaling up. These are synthesised using a simple conceptual framework that draws on a review of the most important challenges to scaling up. This provides the material for a discussion around how particular scaling up approaches can help to address some of its challenges. The analysis offers insights into scaling approaches, challenges and some opportunities for scaling CSA practices and technologies. It concludes that multi-stakeholder platforms and policy making networks are key to effective upscaling, especially if paired with capacity enhancement, learning, and innovative approaches to support decision making of farmers.