October 3, 2018

Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum Announced at Climate Week

Louis WertzEcoAgriculture Partners

We’ve got a new climate smart agriculture training curriculum in development, and we announced it at Climate Week in New York City last Thursday.

Louise Buck was in New York for Climate Week NYC with the Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program (CSF) and the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA).  She contributed to a day-long workshop led by the two organizations, called Catalyzing Action towards Climate-Smart Agriculture, that brought together 65 professionals from international organizations, NGOs, governments, universities, businesses and farmer organizations around the world to share information and network. Focal activity included a panel on ‘Enhancing Metrics and the Business Case for CSA’ and another on ‘Scaling up CSA Tools and Practices’. Panel presentations showcased cutting-edge research and applied projects intended to help farmers achieve the goals of CSA as soon as possible.

Introducing the Training Curriculum for Climate Smart Agriculture Planning

In the “tools and practices” panel Louise introduced the Training Curriculum for Climate Smart Agriculture Planning that EcoAgriculture Partners is developing together with the Resilient Agriculture program of USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA California Climate Hub, UC Davis and Cornell University. The curriculum is designed to help sub-national decision-makers operationalize national climate smart agriculture polices by putting CSA policies to work in landscapes and farms.

In highlighting the goals and scope of the curriculum, Louise stressed it is oriented toward building the knowledge, skills and values of CSA leaders that enable them to facilitate CSA planning processes that link landscapes and farms, and develop plans that can bring about the multiple desired impacts of  CSA. The modular structure of the curriculum is meant to enable a training team to select and tailor content they consider most relevant to the programs, audiences, training needs and learning objectives they seek to address in conducting a particular course on CSA planning.

6 modules and 23 lessons

Learn more about the curriculum by browsing Louise’s short slide deck for the “Catalyzing Action towards Climate-Smart Agriculture” event.

What’s next for the curriculum

Draft versions of the modules and lessons presently are under review. The curriculum development team expects to receive feedback and finalize the training material and facilitator’s guide within the next two months.  The team expects to pilot test the curriculum in two countries early in 2019, and further adapt the materials accordingly.


Download a flyer on the curriculum.
Read more about our work on Climate Smart Landscapes.


This project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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  • Claire Chemoiywa
    October 3, 2018 at 5:44am

    Iam Claire chemoiywa and I have worked with Export Trading Group ETG for 8 years in Tanzania on supporting and empowering smallholder farmers on climate smart agriculture. I have now relocated back to Kenya to my home in Baringo County which is located in ASAL area and I would like to share my knowledge to the farmers here. I request to be facilitated to attend the training so that I can share the knowledge with the farmers here to improve their yields, and improve their livelihoods. Hoping for a positive revert. I am passionate about giving back to my society.

    October 5, 2018 at 5:46pm

    Pueden enviar el material en español?,
    cual es el paso siguiente para participar en la implementacion de esta curricula?
    En Chiquimula Guatemala con CATIE y CCAFS apoyamos la conformación de una Mesa Técnica Agroclimática, puede ser un buen espacio para implementar la curricula.


    José Gabriel Suchini
    CATIE Trifinio

  • Louis Wertz
    October 8, 2018 at 12:26pm

    NB from the author: This post was updated to reflect the fact that the team is not quite ready, yet, for the bombardment of offers to test, review, or pilot the materials. A further announcement from the project team in the coming months will signal when capacity to respond to these offers is available. Thanks for your understanding.

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