Climate Smart Agriculture

We need to transform our agricultural production systems in order to achieve greater productivity, be more resource efficient, and become more resilient to risks, shocks and long-term climate variability.

WBCSD has convened a group of companies from the food and agriculture sector to address the dual challenges posed by climate change, and the need to satisfy the nutritional requirements of a growing global population. Our work focuses on how this can be achieved while simultaneously preserving natural resources and improving the livelihoods of farmers around the world.

Large-scale CSA projects are being road-tested in five priority regions around the world. The projects focus on local needs and take into account climate change vulnerability, adaptation capacity, donors, local partners and project member company operations.

Priority action areas

Building smallholder/family farmer resilience

A top challenge is providing millions of smallholders with the support needed to strengthen their resilience to climate change.

Scaling-up investment in CSA

Scaling-up CSA implementation can only happen if the finance required and the accessibility of this finance are within reach.

Improving businesses’ ability to trace, measure and monitor CSA progress

We're developing a corporate CSA measurement protocol that will also help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of company investments, as well as identify and avoid any unintended negative consequences.

Implementing agriculture-driven zero deforestation and sustainable land-use commitments

We respond to the need to address factors that influence deforestation and land use in the landscapes from which businesses source their products and crops.

Next Event

Liaison Delegate Meeting 2017

27 - 30 March, 2017,
 Montreux, Switzerland

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Council Member Meeting 2017

16 - 20 October, 2017
, Mexico City, Mexico
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Impact on SDGs

Our work is structured around the three pillars of CSA:

  1. Productivity,
  2. Emissions mitigation
  3. Resilience.

Through these, the CSA project and the agricultural sector in general are linked to virtually all SDGs; however, SDGs 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 15 are the ones that our work can best support.