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Institutional Perspectives of Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Systematic Literature Review

Edmond Totin (), Alcade C. Segnon (), Marc Schut (), Hippolyte Affognon (), Robert B. Zougmoré (), Todd Rosenstock () and Philip K. Thornton ()
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Edmond Totin: Ecole de Foresterie et d’Ingénierie du Bois, Université Nationale d’Agriculture du Benin, Kétou BP 43, Benin
Alcade C. Segnon: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bamako BP 320, Mali
Marc Schut: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), P.O. Box 1269, Kigali, Rwanda
Hippolyte Affognon: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bamako BP 320, Mali
Robert B. Zougmoré: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bamako BP 320, Mali
Todd Rosenstock: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), P.O. Box 30677, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Philip K. Thornton: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), P.O. Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 6, 1-20

Abstract: Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is increasingly seen as a promising approach to feed the growing world population under climate change. The review explored how institutional perspectives are reflected in the CSA literature. In total, 137 publications were analyzed using institutional analysis framework, of which 55.5% make specific reference to institutional dimensions. While the CSA concept encompasses three pillars (productivity, adaptation, and mitigation), the literature has hardly addressed them in an integrated way. The development status of study sites also seems to influence which pillars are promoted. Mitigation was predominantly addressed in high-income countries, while productivity and adaptation were priorities for middle and low-income countries. Interest in institutional aspects has been gradual in the CSA literature. It has largely focused on knowledge infrastructure, market structure, and hard institutional aspects. There has been less attention to understand whether investments in physical infrastructure and actors’ interaction, or how historical, political, and social context may influence the uptake of CSA options. Rethinking the approach to promoting CSA technologies by integrating technology packages and institutional enabling factors can provide potential opportunities for effective scaling of CSA options.

Keywords: climate-smart agriculture; institutions; adaptation; mitigation; systematic review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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