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COMESA-EAC-SADC Climate Change Tripartite Programme

Climate Smart Agriculture Best Practises

Climate Smart Agriculture Best Practises

Under the COMESA-EAC-SADC Climate Change Tripartite Programme, FANRPAN seeks to identify, document and share Best Practises on CSA for scaling up and scaling out.  FANRPAN’s approach to documentation of CSA Best Practises is under-pinned by the 8 principles outlined below. These 8 principles represent key cross cutting issues shared by the majority of Climate Change projects, regardless of mitigation/adaptation focus, scope and scale. The principles are intended to encourage critical reflection from climate change/ CSA stakeholders and help them draw out relevant lessons of interest to a wider audience of African stakeholders and climate change intervention developers.

  1. Knowledge building:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to Climate Change applied or built upon the findings of existing research projects and/or vulnerability studies? Furthermore, how have projects actively contributed to international understanding on a specific topic or area of research? This section offers examples of how specific projects have actively engaged and benefited from collaboration with universities and research institutions within Africa and beyond.

  2. Community participation and inclusiveness:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to Climate Change involved local communities in the formulation, implementation and decision making process? How were gender issues incorporated into the interventions? This section puts forth examples of how particular projects mobilised local interest and ownership in order to ensure its activities responded to the demands and needs of local beneficiaries.

  3. Political ownership, collaboration and approval:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change secured high-level political support and interest for their activities? This section offers examples of how particular projects secured the support and active participation from political-level stakeholders, and how the project’s aims and activities were aligned with broader development agendas.

  4. Financial sustainability:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change secured financing for sustaining and/or expanding the project’s impacts beyond the initial project lifetime? This section provides examples of how projects secured national (e.g. government) and international (e.g. international donors) funding for sustaining their impacts and/or scaling up as well as scaling out activities.

  5. Achieving co-benefits and balancing trade-offs:
    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change accounted for the costs and benefits external to the project, e.g. on employment, environment, health, poverty levels, food security etc? This section offers tangible examples of how particular interventions maximised external co-benefits from project activities and minimised external costs and damages.

  6. Building local capacity:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to Climate Change guaranteed strengthening of local capacity during the implementation of the project? This section provides examples of how projects incorporated training programmes into principal project activities as well as the processes used to ensure that built human capacity is maintained beyond the project’s lifetime.

  7. Transferable:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change ensured that their activities are transferable beyond the specific contexts in which they were implemented? This section provides examples of how particular project measures, activities or concepts could be applied in another context or region.

  8. Monitoring and evaluation:

    How have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change demonstrated their impacts in terms of achieving the project objectives, outcomes, and outputs. This section provides examples of how particular projects developed indicators, and how effectively the indicators were applied.

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