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A comprehensive scoping and assessment study of climate smart agriculture (CSA) policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo
30 April 2014
Prof. Michel Ngongo Luhembwe


Agriculture is crucial for food security and rural incomes as well as other essential products, such as energy, fiber, feed and a range of ecosystem services. Nowadays, within the context of climate change, agriculture and food systems must improve and ensure food security. To do so, there is a reel need to adapt to climate change and contribute to mitigating it (FAO, 2010).

These challenges, being interconnected, have to be addressed simultaneously. This approach involves the direct incorporation of climate change adaptation and mitigation into agricultural development planning and investment strategies (FAO, 2010).

Such an approach meets the concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). CSA is a pathway towards development and food security built on three pillars:

  • increasing productivity and incomes;
  • enhancing resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems through adaptation to climate change; and
  • reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

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