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Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

RAF roles will involve building the evidence base, strengthening national and local institutions, supporting enabling policy frameworks, enhancing financing options – available at the local, international and multilateral levels – and implementing practices at the field level. Focusing on production issues related to crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture and integrated systems, as well as on the use of resources such as water, soils and land, genetic resources and energy. Food systems and value chains – bringing in factors ranging from fertilizers to refrigeration – are also incorporated as potential areas for optimization, while factors such as gender and social protection are also considered.

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Increased crop production on sustainability basis

Through multi-stakeholder frameworks that engage smallholder farmer groups, private sector entities, governments and scientific institutions at national and regional levels, RAF will look at advancing an integrated and holistic approach to environmental management for food security. It will promote the integrated management of natural resources in smallholder agriculture and thereby help smallholders strengthen soil health, improve access to drought-tolerant seeds, adjust planting periods and cropping portfolios, and enhance on-farm agro-biodiversity.

The Foundation will support sustainable agriculture which integrates environmental health, economic viability, and social equity to ensure long-term productivity of natural resources and improved livelihoods. The Foundation encourages community and co-operative farming among the small land holders to improve efficiency and reduce the overall operations costs, hence building up on the profitability and the resilience of farmers.

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System of Crop Intensification (SCI)

System of Crop Intensification (SCI), an agro-ecological innovation for improving agricultural production, food security, and resilience to climate change. The system was first pioneered with rice intensification (SRI), helped to substantially increase rice production and reduces water consumption. RAF will invest in SRI crop management, adding more to households’ food security in harvested yield and improved grain nutrition quality.

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Supporting micro-irrigation

Through improved efficiencies and reduced pest pressure, reduction in usage of the irrigation water volume, lowers the risk of water supply shortages, reduced nutritional leaching, protecting small horticultural crops from freezing etc. More efficient water usage through drip and micro-irrigation systems, supplemental and precision irrigation strategies and practices that are issues that RAF will examine and promote.

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Promoting Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices

The technologies of CA provide opportunities to reduce the cost of production, save water and nutrients, increase yields, increase crop diversification, improve efficient use of resources, and benefit the environment. RAF can invest in building an ecosystem which assists farmers and other stakeholders in expanding capacity without ignoring everyday operation required to produce and distribute to consumers. Entrepreneurs will be encouraged and supported to overcome the problems supply chain management and waste free distribution.

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Improved resilience towards climate change

People with resilient livelihoods are better able to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters in their lives. They can better withstand damage, recover and adapt when disasters cannot be prevented. Resilience therefore becomes central to the transition towards a sustainable agriculture and must address both the natural and the human dimensions. RAF will aim build partnerships which will assists countries in increasing the resilience of households, communities and institutions to more effectively prevent and cope with threats and disasters that impact agriculture, food security and nutrition.