Using AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessment Methods to Evaluate Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Smart Agricultural Systems

Antle, J M and Homann-Kee Tui, S and Descheemaeker, K and Masikati, P and Valdivia, R O (2018) Using AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessment Methods to Evaluate Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Smart Agricultural Systems. In: Climate Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience to Climate Change. Natural Resource Management and Policy, 52 . Springer, Rome, pp. 307-333. ISBN 978-3-319-61194-5

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The predicted effects of climate change call for a multi-dimensional method to assess the performance of various agricultural systems across economic, environmental and social dimensions. Climate smart agriculture (CSA) recognizes that the three goals of climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience must be integrated into the framework of a sustainable agricultural system. However, current methods to determine a systems’ ability to achieve CSA goals are lacking. This paper presents a new simulation-based method based on the Regional Integrated Assessment (RIA) methods developed by the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) for climate impact assessment. This method combines available data, field- and stakeholder-based surveys, biophysical and economic models, and future climate and socio-economic scenarios. It features an integrated farm and household approach and accounts for heterogeneity across biophysical and socioeconomic variables as well as temporal variability of climate indicators. This method allows for assessment of the technologies and practices of an agricultural system to achieve the three goals of CSA. The case study of a mixed crop livestock system in western Zimbabwe is highlighted as a typical smallholder agricultural systems in Africa.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Series Name: Natural Resource Management and Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vulnerability, Resilience, Adaptive Capacity, Climate Smart Agricultural Systems, CSA, Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project, AgMIP, Economic Analysis, Integrated Assessment Methods
Subjects: Others > Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)
Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 06:39
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 05:47
Acknowledgement: This book is the outcome of a cooperation between Economic and Policy Innovation of Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) team of FAO, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of University of California (Berkeley) and the Department of Economics and Business (DEIM) of Tuscia University (Viterbo, Italy). We express sincere gratitude to Professors Alessandro Mechelli and Alessandro Sorrentino (Departmental Faculty) for their continuous support. This publication would not have been possible without the administrative and organizational help of Laura Gori, Cristina Mastrogregori, and Giuseppe Rapiti (Departmental Staff). We would also like to thank the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) which hosted the Book Authors’ Workshop “Climate Smart Agriculture: Building Resilience to Climate Change” held in Palazzo Clerici, Milan (Italy) on August 6, 2015. We would also like to sincerely thank FAO-HQ staff particularly Jessica Mathewson, Liliana Maldonado, Paola DiSanto, and Alessandro Spairani for their administrative and organizational support throughout the whole publication process. We finally would like to acknowledge the financial support of FAO.
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