Climate Smart Agriculture Country Profile launched

The Hon'ble Sanam Lyonpo and representatives launching the CSA profileNovember 14, Thimphu: The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) profile has been launched to improve the integration of agriculture development and climate responsiveness.

CSA is one of the key strategies identified as adaptation towards the potential impacts of climate change (CC) to the RNR Sector. It aims to achieve food security and broader development goals under a changing climate and increasing food demand.

 Bhutan in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC has highlighted several measures for CC adaptation and mitigation to help reduce its future impacts while remaining carbon neutral.

Launching the event, the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji shared that CSA is a first step aimed at identifying a path towards the implementation of actions set out in NDC and other similar strategies. He added that CSA will provide a snapshot of the key issues, opportunities and enabling factors to scale up the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices along with specific value chains. He further said that the profile will translate findings and recommendations into concrete action on the ground.

The Royal Government of Bhutan together with the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture organised the event to bring multiple stakeholders together to discuss what could be the next steps to unlock investment potential in CSA in the country. The event discussed key bottlenecks, large-scale CSA investment plans and existing initiatives that can be built to upscale and transform the agricultural sector. It also helped to develop strategies to mobilise funds for achieving national climate policy goals.

According to a spokesperson, CSA initiatives will sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience and reduce/remove greenhouse gases and require planning to address tradeoffs and synergies between productivity, adaptation and mitigation. The actual field work for developing CSA profile started with two days workshop in May 2017 which was facilitated by two experts.

Representatives from World Bank, JICA and FAO along with senior officials from the Ministry attended the CSA launching at Hotel Taj Tashi.

-ICTD

 

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