Ebonyi State Climate Smart Agriculture Profile

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Author: Robert Ugochukwu Onyeneke, Chukwuemeka Chinonso Emenekwe, Mark Umunna Amadi

Introduction

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an important strategy to address the challenges of
climate change in the agricultural sector. As a strategy to address climate change, CSA
simultaneously achieves the three critical goals of responding to climate change: boosting
agricultural productivity and incomes, adaptation and mitigation (FAO, 2010). While
climate change adaptation aims at adjusting to actual or expected climate change impacts,
mitigation aims at reducing/removing/avoiding above and below-ground carbon
emissions (IPCC, 2014). While CSA is one of the global strategies for tackling climate
risks in agriculture, its implementation is location specific. This implies that there is no
blanket recommendation as to what CSA is. Although CSA is still emerging, there are
practices, services, and technologies relevant to this concept taking place across the world.
To effectively implement CSA, it is necessary to take stock of already existing and future
promising practices, and the existing institutional and financial frameworks that would
support large-scale uptake of CSA. This is the core motivation of developing the Ebonyi
State CSA. This CSAprofile provides baseline information on the current CSApractices in
the State and provides an entry point for investment in large-scale CSA implementation in
the State.

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