Planning for climate-smart agricultural landscapes: The case of Kenya’s Kericho-Mau landscape

Climate smart agricultural practices are a critical pathway to climate change adaptation in developing countries. However, Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is usually implemented at the field and farm level, with little efforts at coordination between different scales. EcoAgriculture Partners and the Rainforest Alliance are working to assess climate smart agricultural practices at the landscape level to better understand existing activity and major gaps in CSA implementation.

To what extent can landscape-level assessments help to align disparate actors and finance sources to develop climate smart landscapes? What are the knowledge gaps that must be overcome to populate a landscape-level assessment with the necessary data? What would a climate smart landscape actually look like, and how would it operate in practice? Share your views – join the discussion at the bottom of this page!

Synopsis: Rainforest Alliance and EcoAgriculture πορνο Partners will present a participatory assessment tool developed to help align disparate actors and finance sources to translate climate-smart landscape concepts to reality in rural landscapes around the world. Piloting the tool within the tea-dominated Kericho-Mau landscape in western Kenya demonstrated its utility in assessing current climate-smart activities and identifying gaps and future priorities for action.

Urban-centric economic models, like globalized debt-based, limited liability law enabled capitalism, with it’s inherent specialization of labor, is, systemically, an anamatha to such yielding an outcome that is sustainable. History teaches us that every human society “succeeding” in this “accomplishment” fails. I’ll not argue that what I read above is LessStupid than what’s the norm and has gifted us with anthropogenic climate change and klimakatastrophe, but isn’t it delusional to call being LessStupid “smart”? Remember Forst Gump’s Mama: “Stupid is what stupid does.” How about calling chaturbate it CLSA?

being born at the slopes of mau forest,i have seen its slow death as careless people cut down trees and burn the remainder, as the government watch.i have also experienced the outcome of the above through changes in climate,the drying up and death of the ecosystem of

lake nakuru and lake elementaita respectively.the only solution is to reclaim the forest back ,fence it and deploy serious forest management.

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Ideas Marketplace

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Photo: Iddy Farmer/CIFOR Using degraded land for sustainable palm oil
World Resources Institute
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The presentation will look at how decision support tools can be developed to help
evaluate current land use impacts, and the potential of degraded lands as alternatives for expansion to ensure that future agricultural developments do not damage forests or contribute to climate change

Photo: J. Hansen (CCAFS)Strengthening evidence-based climate change adaptation policies
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
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The presentation will look at how the current policy evidence gap at national and subnational level can be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach to climate change research – integrating environmental, social and economic analysis. It will demonstrate how evidence can be generate and then leveraged to assist in the development of adaptation policies at national level.

Improving local livelihoods through REDD+ in the Kalimantan forests and climate partnership
Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership
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The presentation will focus on how the creation of sustainable rubber-based livelihoods program in Indonesia can help local communities through REDD+. Through focused efforts to improve farming practices, build stronger value chains and through village forest management schemes, the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership is demonstrating that positive changes in land use practices can create sustainable livelihoods and protect carbon-rich areas.

Photo: Murdani Usman (CIFOR)Changing outlooks on food, fuel, fiber and forests
The Forests Dialogue
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For the world to feed its growing populations, without destroying or overtaxing natural systems, decisions about land use need to be made carefully and with the participation of all key stakeholders. The Forests Dialogue, a platform and process for multi-stakeholder discussion and collaboration, worked with its partners in 2011 to create the “Changing Outlooks on Food, Fuel, Fibre and Forests” Initiative to achieve better, fairer and more sustainable land use decision making.

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Scaling up climate smart agriculture – a farmer-led approach
The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
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SACAU is working with other Farmers Organisations in Southern Africa to facilitate farmer led scaling up of promising Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices. The weaknesses associated with government extension systems mean that farmers organisations and other non-state partners will have to play a more active role in taking CSA to farmers. The presentation will focus on such stakeholders can become more involved.

Photo: F. Fiondella (IRI)Climate services to support farmer decision-making under a changing climate
International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
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A number of initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have developed innovative approaches to overcome the challenges of farmers’ access to and utilization climate information and risk management options in agriculture. National agrometeorological advisory services have been able to reach a significant proportion of their farming population on a sustained basis with combinations of monitored information, short-term weather forecasts and management recommendations. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is supporting studies of agrometeorological advisory services in India and Mali in order to provide evidence of the use and benefits of the information and advisories at the village level, as well as insights about how aspects of the program have contributed to its uptake, impact and sustainability.

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Planning for climate-smart agricultural landscapes: The case of Kenya’s Kericho-Mau landscape
EcoAgriculture Partners & The Rainforest Alliance
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Rainforest Alliance and EcoAgriculture Partners will present a participatory assessment tool developed to help align disparate actors and finance sources to translate climate-smart landscape concepts to reality in rural landscapes around the world. Piloting the tool within the tea-dominated Kericho-Mau landscape in western Kenya demonstrated its utility in assessing current climate-smart activities and identifying gaps and future priorities for action.

Photo: CIFORBamboo household energy for Africa
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
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The presentation will focus on how the use of bamboo can help support sustainable livelihoods and food security through renewable biomass. It will highlight how the introduction of bamboo charcoal offers innovative opportunities for Africa’s deforestation and climate change challenges

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)Establish a smallholder-centered global organic research platform
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
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IFOAM will present on a research platform to help scale up low-cost, farmer centered solutions for resilient land and livelihoods.

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Frustration present at Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day

Moderator Linidiwe Sibanda expressed her frustration on agriculture not being considered vital enough for a work program at multiple times at the Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5. The ALL5 Day was recently held in Qatar, in parallel with the climate conference COP18, gathering hundreds of participants, both online and on site.

She declared passionately that the mantra “No agriculture, No deal!” is still very much on. “Are we waiting for COP100? We need progress on issues that matter to people, ” she told the high-level panel members on the stage.

Read the rest of the story on the Farming First blog: Voice of Agriculture at ALL5 Day: “UNFCCC negotiators, do you hear us? No agriculture, No deal!”

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