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Climate Smart Agriculture

Building Resilience to Climate Change

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  • Operationalizes CSA within the context of economic decision-making
  • Uses a wide array of case studies to illustrate the strong real-world applicability of CSA
  • Addresses policy issues related to climate change

Part of the book series: Natural Resource Management and Policy (NRMP, volume 52)

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This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO license.

The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation.  Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing on the adaptation/resilience dimension of CSA, the text embraces a mixture of conceptual analyses, including theory, empirical and policy analysis, and case studies, to look at adaptation and resilience through three possible avenues: ex-ante reduction of vulnerability, increasing adaptive capacity, and ex-post risk coping.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section provides conceptual framing, giving an overview of the CSA concept and grounding it in core economic principles. The second section is devoted to a set of case studies illustratingthe economic basis of CSA in terms of reducing vulnerability, increasing adaptive capacity and ex-post risk coping. The final section addresses policy issues related to climate change. Providing information on this new and important field in an approachable way, this book helps make sense of CSA and fills intellectual and policy gaps by defining the concept and placing it within an economic decision-making framework. This book will be of interest to agricultural, environmental, and natural resource economists, development economists, and scholars of development studies, climate change, and agriculture. It will also appeal to policy-makers, development practitioners, and members of governmental and non-governmental organizations interested in agriculture, food security and climate change.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Overview and Conceptual Framework

  2. Case Studies: Vulnerability Measurements and Assessment

  3. Case Studies: Policy Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity

  4. Case Studies: System Level Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity


“The book brings together research, analysts and opinions of leading experts to develop the conceptual, empirical evidence and policy basis for CSA. This aspect of knowledge integration would be one of the core values added as no other book does this in one place. … I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in this field of study.” (Ali M. Oumer, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 63 (1), 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • ISPC-CGIAR, Roma, Italy

    Leslie Lipper

  • Lead Analytics Inc., Washington, DC, USA

    Nancy McCarthy

  • Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA

    David Zilberman

  • FAO of the UN, Roma, Italy

    Solomon Asfaw

  • Department of Economics, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

    Giacomo Branca

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Climate Smart Agriculture

  • Book Subtitle: Building Resilience to Climate Change

  • Editors: Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca

  • Series Title: Natural Resource Management and Policy

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: FAO 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-61193-8Published: 30 October 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87024-3Published: 28 August 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-61194-5Published: 20 October 2017

  • Series ISSN: 0929-127X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2511-8560

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 630

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 97 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agricultural Economics, R & D/Technology Policy, Economic Policy

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