The Theory of Change for the CSA Approach: A Guide to Evidence-Based Implementation at the Country Level

23 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2018

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Aslihan Arslan

FAO of the UN (ESA); UC Davis - Agricultural and Resource Economics; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

This module articulates a theory of change for climate-smart agriculture. The theory of change serves as a foundation for a step-by-step guide for implementing a national climate-smart agricultural strategic framework. The first section of the module describes the elements of the theory of change. Based on this theory, the second section lays out the steps that need be followed to establish the required evidence base to support climate-smart agriculture planning and implementation. These steps are associated with five distinct activities: stocktaking of challenges and options; identifying potential climate-smart agriculture interventions; expanding the evidence base for climatesmart agriculture objectives; assessing barriers to adoption; costing interventions; and prioritizing and planning for country-owned climate-smart agriculture strategies. The third section highlights some of the key capacities that need to be developed to build and sustain a national climate-smart agriculture strategy and integrate climate-smart agriculture into policies that extend beyond specific projects and programmes.

Suggested Citation

Arslan, Aslihan, The Theory of Change for the CSA Approach: A Guide to Evidence-Based Implementation at the Country Level (November 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3300001

Aslihan Arslan (Contact Author)

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