We are Europe’s climate-smart innovation hub for agriculture

“To solve tomorrow’s unprecedented global challenges…

Converging global mega-trends of climate change, population growth and urbanisation are creating unprecedented new pressures for agriculture and food production. To feed a world of over nine billion people by 2050, today’s agriculture must get ‘climate-smart’:  It must undergo a step-change in resilience, resource-efficiency and productivity over the next three decades.

Climate change is a major threat multiplier for global food security, impacting agricultural productivity and the stability of food production.  However, while agriculture contributes around 14 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, agriculture and food are also key industry sectors that can reduce and remove (‘sequester’) meaningful amounts of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe is one of the world’s largest food producing blocs.  European farmers, foresters, food producers and retailers all have a vital role to play in fostering the innovation needed to deliver global food security, energy security, a low carbon economy and global sustainable development goals.

…we must transform our farming and food production systems today”

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Booster or CSA Booster is Europe’s leading knowledge and innovation hub pioneering the transition to climate-smart agriculture across Europe, and around the world. We  harness digital and technological advances, new techniques and business models, and global supply and finance networks to tackle tomorrow’s unprecedented challenges, today.

Our international network of partners is accelerating the adoption and scaling of low-carbon (“climate-smart”) technologies and solutions across Europe’s agri-food sector to boost the productivity and resilience of European agriculture and food systems, cut greenhouse gas emissions and drive global sustainable development.

Our work targets three key outcomes:

  • productivity – sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, yields and incomes
  • climate adaptation – building resilience to climate change and enhancing food security
  • GHG mitigation – reducing and removing greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible

Here are a few key ways we collaborate with our partners:

  • we focus on testing/co-design and scaling of innovative CSA solutions
  • we cover innovation stages from ideation to demonstration and scaling
  • we cover focus-areas such as soil and ecosystem adaptation, wine and dairy value chains and urban agriculture
  • we provide co-funding and other de-risking mechanisms, necessary to take scalable CSA solutions to market
  • we provide access to a diverse network of CSA experts, solution providers and other CSA stakeholders
  • we share knowledge and understanding of innovative CSA techniques, technology and best practice

Our innovation network

Established in 2015, CSA Booster (CSAb) is a flagship initiative of Climate-KIC’s Sustainable Land Use programme, sponsored by EIT, a body of the European Union.  It is registered on the UN Environment’s Climate Initiatives Platform (CIP) – a database for international non-state cooperative climate initiatives supporting the Paris Agreement.

CSA Booster is the European regional hub and knowledge partner for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) initiative, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).


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Our partners