Engagement in climate smart alliances [ID: 214]

Platform’s engagement in climate-smart alliances

Alliances and networks are being built like in Africa (continental Africa through NEPAD, East Africa and West Africa Climate-smart alliances through Regional Economic Communities) or in Asia (ASEAN Climate Resilience Network) or the work of IICA in Latin America. The Global Alliance on Climate-smart Agriculture (GACSA) has created three action groups (knowledge, investments and enabling) and offers engagement of governments, institutions, NGOs and the private sector.

African Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance

Africa prepares to face the challenge of climate change in agricultural sector

In June 2014, the NEPAD Agency launched an alliance of diverse partners to reach six million farming families through Climate-Smart Agriculture processes over the next seven years. Known as the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, the group aims to contribute to helping 25 million farmers become more resilient and food secure by 2025. The Alliance unites the public sector with research and civil society organisations to scale up on-farm assistance, link to technological advances and support a favourable policy environment. This cross-sector collaboration is designed to achieve transformational impact; farmers, communities and systems for lasting change. Convened by NEPAD via its Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), the Alliance will align international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and research activities with existing agricultural investment plans, increasing coherence and coordination for greater impact.

About NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) is a technical body and development vehicle of the African Union (AU). The NPCA is responsible for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a strategic framework for pan-African socioeconomic development. In order to address critical challenges facing the continent, the NPCA facilitates and coordinates development programmes and projects, pushing for partnerships, resource mobilisation, research and knowledge management.

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

Launch of the GACSA

The alliance was launched during the Climate Summit of the UN Secretary General on 23 September 2014 during the session on agriculture. Even before that an investment action group within the Alliance was created and met to discuss future strategies. At the meeting in London, the private sector partners informed about their ongoing work with regard to CSA: Willis Re had its first pay-out in an index-linked agricultural insurance programme, Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) is successfully working together with national banks and local NGOs. AgDevCo reported on high management costs due to small size deals and technical complexity. Practicing partners, such as the UNEP Finance Initiative, CIFOR or the WRI, stressed the importance of getting the right language to engage the private sector to invest. In general, GACSA can leverage many types of actions being undertaken by regional bodies supported for examples by a guide and which is currently developed by NEPAD, FAO, COMESA and CCAFS. The guide will give scope to allow common benchmarks in defining Africa specific CSA needs. Furthermore, the guide aims to provide a basis to work out a monitoring system.

With the proliferation of efforts and alliances that focus on the topic, there are many efforts that aim at consolidating the initiatives and discussing the new opportunities which the changing focus of the international climate regime under FCCC offers and is expected to offer, including through the Green Climate Fund for agriculture and food security. The workstream of the Platform will play a particularly important role in this endeavour.

Investments in climate-smart agriculture

Adapting to long-term stresses caused by climate risks, climate smart agriculture (CSA) is frequently discussed technically. Still, the necessary investments are insufficient to date and new and innovative financial sources are not yet fully known or tapped into. Knowledge exchange and joint actions of public and private actors are the answer to current shortcomings in finding financial solutions. Even at first glance unusual coalitions can create very effective synergies. By investing 40% of a $2 billion USD fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports for instance agricultural investments of the Islamic Development Bank.

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) is currently undertaking a broad survey on donor approaches and programming for CSA amongst its members and partners and collects the expectations of research institutions, CSOs and the private sector. The survey results will be published by the end of the summer in time for the first discussions on the implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda and finance for development. The survey is meant to be a contribution to the ongoing debate on CSA in the global alliance.

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Christian Mersmann

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