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Global Alliance for climate-smart agriculture: a fool’s bargain?

Since 2009, the FAO has defined Climate-Smart Agriculture as agriculture that “sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals”.
It should be noted that the way in which these three pillars relate to one another remains vague.

Thus, we may wonder whether any agricultural practice that meets one of them could be characterized as CSA compliant.

Two committees of Coordination-SUD (Climate and Agriculture & Food) engaged in a joint debate highlighting the risks and drift of alliances around “Climate-Smart Agriculture”. They came up with warnings and important recommendations for our leaders. Our organizations believe that this concept raises three major difficulties from the outset.

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