Skip to main content
  • Book
  • Open Access
  • © 2018

Climate Smart Agriculture

Building Resilience to Climate Change

  • 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)

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Overview and Conceptual Framework

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction and Overview

      • Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca
      Pages 3-12Open Access
    3. Economics of Climate Smart Agriculture: An Overview

      • Nancy McCarthy, Leslie Lipper, David Zilberman
      Pages 31-47Open Access
    4. Innovation in Response to Climate Change

      • David Zilberman, Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, Ben Gordon
      Pages 49-74Open Access
  3. Case Studies: Vulnerability Measurements and Assessment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Use of Satellite Information on Wetness and Temperature for Crop Yield Prediction and River Resource Planning

      • Alan Basist, Ariel Dinar, Brian Blankespoor, David Bachiochi, Harold Houba
      Pages 77-104Open Access
    3. Early Warning Techniques for Local Climate Resilience: Smallholder Rice in Lao PDR

      • Drew Behnke, Sam Heft-Neal, David Roland-Holst
      Pages 105-136Open Access
    4. U.S. Maize Yield Growth and Countervailing Climate Change Impacts

      • Ariel Ortiz-Bobea
      Pages 161-172Open Access
    5. Understanding Tradeoffs in the Context of Farm-Scale Impacts: An Application of Decision-Support Tools for Assessing Climate Smart Agriculture

      • Susan M. Capalbo, Clark Seavert, John M. Antle, Jenna Way, Laurie Houston
      Pages 173-197Open Access
  4. Case Studies: Policy Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 199-199
    2. Can Insurance Help Manage Climate Risk and Food Insecurity? Evidence from the Pastoral Regions of East Africa

      • Michael R. Carter, Sarah A. Janzen, Quentin Stoeffler
      Pages 201-225Open Access
    3. Input Subsidy Programs and Climate Smart Agriculture: Current Realities and Future Potential

      • Tom S. Jayne, Nicholas J. Sitko, Nicole M. Mason, David Skole
      Pages 251-273Open Access
  5. Case Studies: System Level Response to Improving Adaptation and Adaptive Capacity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 275-275
    2. Robust Decision Making for a Climate-Resilient Development of the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria

      • Valentina Mereu, Monia Santini, Raffaello Cervigni, Benedicte Augeard, Francesco Bosello, E. Scoccimarro et al.
      Pages 277-306Open Access
    3. Using AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessment Methods to Evaluate Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Smart Agricultural Systems

      • John M. Antle, Sabine Homann-KeeTui, Katrien Descheemaeker, Patricia Masikati, Roberto O. Valdivia
      Pages 307-333Open Access

About this book

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 illustrating the 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.


  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • climate change
  • food security
  • agricultural development
  • adaptation
  • resilience
  • open access


“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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

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

  • Copyright Information: FAO 2018

  • License: CC BY-NC-SA IGO

  • 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, Economic Development, Innovation and Growth, Economic Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)