The Climate-Smart Agriculture initiative at Colorado State University is a collaboration through the Office of Engagement to provide research-based information for agricultural producers. The goal is to improve the resiliency of farms and ranches, and the overall food system, in a changing climate.
Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach for developing agricultural strategies to secure sustainable food security under climate change. CSA aims to tackle three main objectives:
1. Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes;
2. Adapting and building resilience to climate change; and
3. Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible
However, it is important to note that CSA is not a set of practices that can be universally applied, but rather it is an approach that involves different elements embedded in local contexts. CSA relates to actions both on-farm and beyond the farm, and incorporates technologies, policies, institutions and investment. The primary difference between CSA and conventional agriculture is an explicit consideration of climactic risks.