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To achieve food security and agricultural development goals, adaptation to climate change and lower emission intensities per output will be necessary. This transformation must be accomplished without depletion of the natural resource base. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA), as defined and presented by FAO at the Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in 2010, contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals. It integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) by jointly addressing food security and climate challenges.
The document is composed by different Modules dedicated to one of the following issues: need for climate-smart agriculture, forestry and fisheries, managing landscapes for climate-smart agricultural ecosystems, water management, soils and their management, conservation and sustainable use for genetic resources for food and agriculture, crop production systems, livestock,  climate-smart forestry, climate-smart fisheries and aquaculture, sustainable and inclusive food value chains, local Institutions, national policies and programs, financing climate-smart agriculture, disaster risk reduction, safety nets, capacity development, assessment, monitoring and evaluation.

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FAO, 2013


Climate smart agriculture, policies, resilience, sustainability

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Flooding, Water Scarcity



Agriculture, Forestry, Marine and Fisheries, Water management

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