Using AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessment Methods to Evaluate Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity for Climate Smart Agricultural Systems

John M. Antle, S. Homann-Kee Tui, K.K.E. Descheemaeker, Patricia Masikati, Roberto O. Valdivia

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Abstract

The predicted effects of climate change call for a multi-dimensional method to assess the performance of various agricultural systems across economic, environmental and social dimensions. Climate smart agriculture (CSA) recognizes that the three goals of climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience must be integrated into the framework of a sustainable agricultural system. However, current methods to determine a systems’ ability to achieve CSA goals are lacking. This paper presents a new simulation-based method based on the Regional Integrated Assessment (RIA) methods developed by the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) for climate impact assessment. This method combines available data, field- and stakeholder-based surveys, biophysical and economic models, and future climate and socio-economic scenarios. It features an integrated farm and household approach and accounts for heterogeneity across biophysical and socioeconomic variables as well as temporal variability of climate indicators. This method allows for assessment of the technologies and practices of an agricultural system to achieve the three goals of CSA. The case study of a mixed crop livestock system in western Zimbabwe is highlighted as a typical smallholder agricultural systems in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate Smart Agriculture
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Resilience to Climate Change
EditorsLeslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherSpringer
Pages307-333
ISBN (Electronic)9783319611945
ISBN (Print)9783319611938
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameNatural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP)
PublisherSpringer
Volume52
ISSN (Print)0929-127X
ISSN (Electronic)2511-8560

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