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 GHG 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.
The Climate-smart Agriculture Booster or CSA Booster is Europe’s leading innovation hub, community and collaboration platform pioneering the transition to climate-smart agriculture across Europe, and around the world.
We bring together a multi-stakeholder ecosystem of public and private sector partners including some of the leading research institutions in Europe, corporates, start-ups and international organisations to incubate and catalyse the application, adoption and scaling of innovative and sustainable CSA solutions across Europe and beyond; and to accelerate and de-risk investments into CSA.
Our work tackles three main objectives:
Here are some of CSAb’s highlights:
Established in 2015, CSA Booster (“CSAb” or “Booster”) is a flagship programme of Climate-KIC’s Sustainable Land Use theme, 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.
To date, CSA Booster has over 50 partners and activities across Europe in all major regions. It is the European regional hub and partner for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) initiative, hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Our growing partner community provides access to a diverse network of leading CSA subject experts, solution providers, major value chain actors, investors, funders and other CSA stakeholders.