The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Evaluation Unit commissioned a synthesis of 13 evaluations of FCDO Climate Smart Agriculture programmes.

The review found that CSA interventions were more likely to be successful if they:

  • resulted in improvements in profit and productivity for farmers
  • involved government and private sector stakeholders alongside farmers
  • were supported by temporary subsidies, long-term private sector investment to ensure synergies between production, adaptation and mitigation

Future CSA programmes could enhance their impact through using carbon finance, such as climate or environmental service credits.

The report also highlights the importance of engaging with beneficiaries and robust monitoring and learning approaches, as well as evaluation after the programme activities have ended. These aim to improve the evidence base, on building resilience and on enabling farmers to adopt CSA in ways they can sustain.

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