Climate-smart solutions for Mali: Findings from implementing the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework

Climate-smart solutions for Mali: Findings from implementing the Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework

Mali is experiencing erratic rainfall, resulting in more frequent dry years, which threaten agricultural productivity and growth. The national economy is vulnerable to climate change due to 50% of GDP coming from the agricultural sector and 75% of the population living in rural areas. To attain food security objectives within this context of increased climatic variability, sustainable improvements in agricultural productivity must be integrated into development and climate change policies and strategies.

Key messages:

  • a major challenge for policymakers to operationalize CSA to promote climate resilient agricultural systems is the identification, prioritization, valuation (cost-benefit and trade-off analysis) of climate-smart options and portfolios
  • the 12 months Climate-Smart Agriculture Prioritization Framework (CSAPF) implemented in Mali, enabled sound engagement with the key national and international stakeholders and led to the co-development of 2 prioritized CSA portfolios and related actions plans for the Sudanese region
  • critical attention must be given to the selection of the implementing partner to ensure sound knowledge of the existing technical and institutional landscape involved in CSA related planning, engagement skills and ability to take full ownership of the process
  • the definition of portfolios assessed in terms of CSA performances can favor synergies between sectorial projects while the assessment of the economic performances of portfolios can permit to analyze their potential for adoption by farmers
  • first outcomes of the process are the inclusion of prioritized practices in ongoing development projects and influence on the drafting of future calls for agricultural development proposals by regional donors
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