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What's smart about "climate-smart agriculture"?

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Here's another great report from the folks at Food First, debunking "climate-smart agriculture" (CSA), which is now being touted by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization as a way to bring agriculture in line with the threat of human-induced climate change: What’s Smart About Climate-smart Agriculture?
CSA is supposed to be not only more productive in the quantity and variety of food it can provide, but also more resilient to climate change impacts while producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In this report, Marcus Taylor shows that CSA amounts to little more than tweaks to the input-intensive monoculture agriculture that dominates food production in much of the world. The "solution" is a combination of technological advances and the integration of small farms into value-chains headed by Western food companies and supermarkets. As Taylor argues, the goals of productivity and resilience are often in conflict. And as for greenhouse gas emissions, CSA advocates gloss over the fact that what they propose will almost certainly require increased emissions from some countries, especially in Africa. But the biggest problem with CSA is that it avoids the social and political aspects of agriculture, proposing technical fixes for a system that can only be understood by treating production, consumption, and distribution as parts of a whole.
It's no wonder that corporations such as PepsiCo, Monsanto, Syngenta, and Walmart support CSA and agrarian justice organizations like La Via Campesina oppose it.
 
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