CGIAR Research Program (CRP) 7: Climate Change and Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)


The overall Goal of CRP7 is to promote a food-secure world through the provision of science-based efforts that support sustainable agriculture and enhance livelihoods while adapting to climate change and conserving natural resources and environmental services. Working with national and regional partners, promising adaptation options will be identified and evaluated, and through modeling approaches their efficacy in adapting agricultural systems will be quantified and used to provide detailed adaptation pathways at the national, regional and global levels.

CRP7 will address this goal by generating the knowledge base and toolsets needed to empower farmers, policymakers, researchers and civil society to manage agricultural and food systems successfully so as to strengthen food security, enhance rural livelihoods and improve environmental health in the context of the challenges arising from current climate variability and progressive climate change.

The Sub-goals of CRP7 are:

  1. To identify and test pro-poor adaptation and mitigation practices, technologies and policies for food systems, adaptive capacity and rural livelihoods.
  2. To provide diagnosis and analysis that will ensure the inclusion of agriculture in climate change policies, and the inclusion of climate issues in agricultural policies, from the sub-national to the global level in a way that brings benefits to the rural poor.

Expected results

This work will provide information on alternative strategies and scenarios that can be used by agencies to implement adaptation and mitigation strategies. It will engage key actors to ensure that climate variability and climate change issues are mainstreamed appropriately into national, regional and international agricultural development strategies and institutional agendas. Policy outputs will be delivered through coalitions of policy partners and decision-makers, researchers, regional information networks, pro-poor civil society organizations and development agencies that have been engaged through efficient private-public partnership processes. Outputs will inform the ongoing negotiations of the UNFCCC and the assessment processes of the IPCC by conducting comprehensive integrated assessments that quantify vulnerability reduction, food security enhancement and environmental health in target regions.

Project locations

West Africa, Eastern Africa and the Indo-Gangetic Plains


Asare, Richard

Project duration

Start: 01 January 2011
End: 31 December 2022

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