• Yusuf Tokdemir

How to Achieve Climate-Smart Agriculture?

Why is it necessary for us? Is it a top priority? Can we successfully manage and implement climate smart agriculture (CSA) in today’s complex business world? What are the basic components in CSA? How is my experience?

Climate-smart agriculture project in Erzincan with Tunay Gıda according to the EC infant food regulation. Harvesting ceremony with Government, farmers and Tunay Gıda.

CSA is necessary and it is a key factor in today’s hypercompetitive and complex business World. The basic components are climate, agriculture and food security. Clearly, we can successfully design, coordinate, supervise and complete CSA projects.

I am proud of that I have successfully managed many climate-smart agriculture (CSA) projects such as rice, wheat, barley, apple, orange, pear, chicken, livestock, and others as a manufacturing operations leader in agro-food industry. We have cooperated with the farmers, Government institutions and SMEs. So that we increased food production and incomes of the farmers, and improved the resilience or adaptive capacity, and mitigated climate change in Turkey. We have applied the our well-designed CSA method in farming, applied full traceability and EC infant nutrition standards and regulations. We have exported our organic and conventional infant products to Europe, CIS and MENA countries without failure. It was the first in Turkey and MEA.

New technologies and Climate-Smart Agriculture: Competitive Advantage!

How to achieve CSA? Now, I will explain!

Climate-smart agriculture refers to the process of the agriculture and food systems that sustainably increase the food production and farmer’s incomes to improve food safety and security, improve the adaptive capacity (resilience) of the farming systems, and mitigate the climate change to reduce the effects of the greenhouse gases. This means that CSA will create benefits about food, agriculture and climate change.

When we design and develop the agricultural programming and policy, we have to consider the impact of the farm-level practices. These are agronomy, postharvest management, livestock, agroforestry, and energy systems. We have to analyse and consider their contributions to the three CSA pillars:

1. Agronomic and economic productivity and performance

2. Resilience, adaptive capacity and vulnerability,

3. Climate change mitigation.

So, what are the farm-level management practices that we have to consider when we develop and implement a Climate-Smart Agriculture approach?

We have to use the CSA Technologies that address the climate and/or weather related risks such as floods, drought, seasonal rain changes while improving the food security for the stakeholders.

We have to use CSA technologies to achieve productivity, resilience and mitigation. Here, the productivity is a key priority in developing countries dependent on agriculture for food safety and security.

We have to design and implement socially and culturally appropriate CSA technologies for each of the application areas.

If we effectively design, develop and implement a CSA program, we can sustainably increase the food production and/or farmers’ incomes, resilience or adaptive capacity, and mitigate climate change when possible.

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