Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society
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Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by K. N. Ninan and Makoto Inoue

Climate change will have a profound impact on human and natural systems, and will also impede economic growth and sustainable development. In this book, leading experts from around the world discuss the challenges and opportunities in building a climate resilient economy and society. The chapters are organised in three sections. The first part explores vulnerability, adaptation and resilience, whilst Part II examines climate resilience-sectoral perspectives covering different sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, marine ecosystems, cities and urban infrastructure, drought prone areas, and renewable energy. In the final part, the authors look at Incentives, institutions and policy, including topics such as carbon pricing, REDD plus, climate finance, the role of institutions and communities, and climate policies. Combining a global focus with detailed case studies of a cross section of regions, countries and sectors, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource.
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Chapter 7: Can agriculture be climate smart?

Irina Arakelyan, Anita Wreford and Dominic Moran

Abstract

Agriculture is highly exposed to climate change, and much of the international climate discourse has focused on the sector’s vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity for given projected climate scenarios. The sector also has a recognized role in terms of climate change mitigation. The agricultural sector accounts for approximately a third of total global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions from land use change and deforestation. These climate challenges overlap a growing concern about global food security, which highlights additional stressors including demographic changes, natural resource scarcity, and economic convergence in consumption preferences, particularly livestock products. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that, to meet the demands of a larger population (expected to cross 9 billion by 2050), food supply will need to grow by 60 per cent. The term ‘climate smart agriculture’ (CSA) has been coined to describe practices, systems and institutional arrangements that balance the trade-offs inherent in meeting these objectives. Climate smart agriculture has become a focus of research in developed and developing countries. In this chapter, the authors provide a critical appraisal of the concept of CSA and then review the experiences in implementing CSA in a cross-section of countries in Africa. The chapter discusses the policies and institutional support needed to achieve climate smart agriculture, as well as highlights some of the concerns regarding CSA, especially its sustainability and distributional consequences.

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