Prioritizing investments for climate-smart agriculture: Lessons learned from Mali

Andrieu, N and Sogoba, B and Zougmore, R B and Howland, F and Samake, O and Bonilla-Findji, O and Lizarazo, M and Nowak, A and Dembele, C and Corner-Dolloff, C (2017) Prioritizing investments for climate-smart agriculture: Lessons learned from Mali. Agricultural Systems, 154. pp. 13-24. ISSN 0308521X

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Agricultural productivity and growth in Mali are under threat from erratic rainfall, resulting in more frequent dry years. The national economy is vulnerable to climate change due to 50% of the gross domestic product coming from the agricultural sector and 75% of the population living in rural areas. The Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) concept arises from a need to provide innovative solutions towards the complex and integrated goals of increasing yields, improving resilience, and promoting a low emissions agricultural sector. A major challenge for policymakers to operationalize CSA is the identification, valuation (cost-benefit), and subsequent prioritization of climate-smart options and portfolios (groups of CSA options) for investment. This paper presents the process, results, and lessons learned from a yearlong pilot of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework (CSA-PF) in Mali. Key national and international stakeholders participated in the co-development and prioritization of two CSA portfolios and related action plans for the Malian Sudanese zone. Initial steps towards outcomes of the process include inclusion of prioritized CSA practices in ongoing development projects and prompting discussion of modifications of future calls for agricultural development proposals by regional donors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; Decision support; Adaptation; Mitigation; Agricultural development; West Africa; Climate-smart agriculture; Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization; Mali; CSA
Subjects: Others > Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)
Others > African Agriculture
Others > West Africa
Others > Mali
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2017 05:44
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 10:39
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Acknowledgement: This work was implemented as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS),which is carried out with support from CGIAR Fund Donors and through bilateral funding agreements (the CGIAR Fund Council, Australia (ACIAR), European Union, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland, USAID, UK and Thailand). For details please visit We acknowledge the Malian officials, Representatives of the European Union in Mali, and other stakeholders that participated in the process. We are thankful to the teams of researchers that piloted the CSA-PF and sharedmethods and lessons, especially fromGuatemala and Cauca, Colombia. The views expressed in this document cannot be taken to reflect the official opinions of these organizations.
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