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The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers

Investigating the Business of a Productive, Resilient and Low Emission Future

  • Incorporates new data on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) compiled by authors from over 30 institutions

  • Addresses five key questions in scientific and development communities on climate impacts, varieties, value chains, farm management, and upscaling

  • Emphasizes agricultural experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Climate-Resilient Value Chains

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 199-199
    2. The Role of Farmers’ Entrepreneurial Orientation on Agricultural Innovations in Ugandan Multi-Stakeholder Platform

      • Carlos Luis Barzola Iza, Domenico Dentoni, Martina Mordini, Prossy Isubikalu, Judith Beatrice Auma Oduol, Onno Omta
      Pages 201-213Open Access
    3. Shea Butter: A Pro-Poor, Pro-Female Route to Increased Income

      • James Hammond, Mark van Wijk, Tim Pagella, Pietro Carpena, Tom Skirrow, Victoria Dauncey
      Pages 215-226Open Access
    4. One Size Does Not Fit All: Private-Sector Perspectives on Climate Change, Agriculture and Adaptation

      • Kealy Sloan, Elizabeth Teague, Tiffany Talsma, Stephanie Daniels, Christian Bunn, Laurence Jassogne et al.
      Pages 227-233Open Access
    5. Climate-Smart Agricultural Value Chains: Risks and Perspectives

      • Caroline Mwongera, Andreea Nowak, An M. O. Notenbaert, Sebastian Grey, Jamleck Osiemo, Ivy Kinyua et al.
      Pages 235-245Open Access
    6. Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chain Development in a Changing Climate

      • Summer Allen, Alan de Brauw
      Pages 247-256Open Access
  2. Taking Climate-Smart Agriculture to Scale

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 265-265
    2. The Role of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Creating an Enabling Climate Change Policy Environment in East Africa

      • Mariola Acosta, Edidah Lubega Ampaire, Perez Muchunguzi, John Francis Okiror, Lucas Rutting, Caroline Mwongera et al.
      Pages 267-276Open Access
    3. Farmer-To-Farmer Extension: A Low-Cost Approach for Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture

      • Steven Franzel, Evelyne Kiptot, Ann Degrande
      Pages 277-288Open Access
    4. Innovative Partnerships to Scale Up Climate-Smart Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa

      • Mariam A. T. J. Kadzamira, Oluyede C. Ajayi
      Pages 289-299Open Access
    5. Rural Finance to Support Climate Change Adaptation: Experiences, Lessons and Policy Perspectives

      • Ruerd Ruben, Cor Wattel, Marcel van Asseldonk
      Pages 301-313Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 315-321

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This volume shares new data relating to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), with emphasis on experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa. The book is a collection of research by authors from over 30 institutions, spanning the public and private sectors, with specific knowledge on agricultural development in the region discussed. The material is assembled to answer key questions on the following five topic areas: (1) Climate impacts: What are the most significant current and near future climate risks undermining smallholder livelihoods? (2) Varieties: How can climate-smart varieties be delivered quickly and cost-effectively to smallholders? (3) Farm management: What are key lessons on the contributions from soil and water management to climate risk reduction and how should interventions be prioritized?  (4) Value chains: How can climate risks to supply and value chains be reduced? and (5) Scaling up: How can most promising climate risks reduction strategies be quickly scaled up and what are critical success factors? Readers who will be interested in this book include students, policy makers, and researchers studying climate change impacts on agriculture and agricultural sustainability.


  • Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
  • Value chains
  • Farm management
  • Upscaling agriculture
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Agroforestry
  • Conservation agriculture
  • Food security
  • Environmental policy
  • Drought resilient agriculture
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Resilient farming
  • Climate risk reduction
  • Open Access
  • climate change

Editors and Affiliations

  • World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF, Kinshasa, Congo, Demographic Republic (Zaire)

    Todd S. Rosenstock

  • World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

    Andreea Nowak

  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya

    Evan Girvetz

About the editors

Todd Rosenstock is a Scientist  with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kinshasa, Democratic Repbulic of Congo where he uses observational and manipulative experiments, data synthesis and modeling techniques to understand the synergies and tradeoffs among food production, society and the environment. Methods development for monitoring social and environmental change and climate-smart agricultural are central themes of his current research portfolio. Dr. Rosenstock is particularly interested in integrative, multidisciplinary science that can be applied to emerging issues in development and thus works with partners including: farmers, civil society, international NGOs, national governements and intergovernmental institutions. He is trained in agroecology (PhD, UC Davis), International Agricultural Development (MS, UC Davis), and horticulture (BS, University of Georgia, Athens). 

Andreea Nowak is a research scientist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past six years, she has coordinated and carried out stakeholder-driven research on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Andreea has been working with governments and development partners in setting up participatory tools and analytical frameworks for prioritization, scaling, monitoring, and evaluation of national CSA investments. She contributed to the development of the ICRAF-CCAFS CSA Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Profiles and co-led the development of the CIAT-CCAFS CSA Country Profiles and CSA Prioritization Framework. Andreea holds an MSc degree in international development and project management, specializing in natural resource management (Lund University, Sweden) and a BA in political science  (University of Bucharest, Romania).

Dr. Evan Girvetz is a Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), team lead for the CIAT Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area in Africa, and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. His research spans climate-smart agriculture (CSA), sustainable agricultural intensification, ecosystem services, environmental decision support, and water resources management.  Dr. Girvetz works on these issues globally through innovative partnerships with the World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, African Union, government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. He sits on the steering committees of the Africa CSA Alliance and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, led the development of the Climate Wizard climate change analysis tool, and contributed to the development of the CSA 101 Website. Dr. Girvetz earned a PhD from the University of California, Davis, and is widely published and his research has been featured in top media outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and New Scientist magazine. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers

  • Book Subtitle: Investigating the Business of a Productive, Resilient and Low Emission Future

  • Editors: Todd S. Rosenstock, Andreea Nowak, Evan Girvetz

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-92797-8Published: 06 December 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-92798-5Published: 28 November 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 321

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Management, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Soil Science, Environmental Law

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)