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What is climate smart agriculture?


With the understanding of how climate change is impacting agriculture the need to change our approach to agriculture has become inevitable. The adoption of climate smart agriculture could be the answer!

Climate smart agriculture is a term used to describe a set of farming practices that aim to address the challenges posed by climate change (as discussed above) while also improving agricultural productivity and promoting sustainability.

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At its core, climate-smart agriculture is about taking a holistic approach to farming that considers the impacts of climate change on all aspects of agriculture, including food security, adaptation, and mitigation. It involves using farming practices that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase soil health and water retention, and improve crop resilience to weather-related stresses.

One of the key practices of climate-smart agriculture is the use of agroforestry systems. Agroforestry is a method of land use that combines trees and shrubs with crops and livestock to create a more diverse and resilient farming system. 

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Trees and shrubs help to improve soil health, increase water retention, and provide habitats for beneficial insects and other wildlife. They can also provide a source of income for farmers through the production of fruits, nuts, and other non-timber forest products.


Cover crops are another important component of CSA as they absorb carbon dioxide from the process of photosynthesis and some of this carbon is then stored in the soil as organic matter this process is known as carbon sequestration which can help mitigate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

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So as the impact of climate change is rising with every yar a holistic approach embracing climate smart agriculture can ensure better soil health, better water management and in coherence of all these will ensure food security and economic safety for the producers as well as the consumers.



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