SDG 2.3 & 2.4: Sustainable agriculture

AgThis knowledge page creates an open platform for those working to achieve sustainable agriculture in line with the SDG2 Hub's 2020 policy priority for SDG2.3 & SDG2.4.

Priority: Leveraging agriculture moments like SDG2 Momentum to prioritise the needs of farmers through greater investment in the following holistic ways: Innovation: Building Resilience; Delivery: Empowering Farmers; Data: Measuring Progress. 

Key moments: 8 June  in Berlin with GAFSP Replenishment and IFAD Replenishment 
Audience: Donor countries, implementing countries, relevant agencies, private sector.
Potential for impact: Funding commitments; awareness of the connected and interrelated partners needed to deliver SDG2.3; funding for data from World Bank.
Role of Hub: Amplify GAFSP and IFAD Replenishments, clarify their complementary scopes of work. Convene and gather partners around SDG2 Momentum. 

This page will be updated regularly with further updates, news, resources and case studies.

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Case studies 

ProPESCA in Mozambique

The Artisanal Fisheries Promotion Project, or ProPESCA, improves the incomes and livelihoods of rural fishers, women and young people in Mozambique. It also helps mitigate the impacts of climate change and foster stability in coastal communities. Reaching 280,000 beneficiaries, this project is a collaboration between IFAD, the European Union, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) & the Government of Mozambique. 

It's impacts:

  • Increased incomes
  • Improve sustainable fishing practices

Find more about it here. 

CARLEP in Bhutan

farmerCommercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihoods Enhancement Programme (CARLEP) works in six districts of southern & eastern Bhutan to ensure increased returns for smallholder farmers through climate resilient production of crops and livestock products. Implemented by IFAD, the programme works with local women's groups to introduce new climate smart techniques. It will benefit 28, 975 smallholder households, of which 7,115 households will directly benefit from food value chains. It's impacts: 

  • Managing climate impacts:
    • CARLEP works with farmers to construct grass steps to mitigate soil erosion from heavy rainfall.
    • It has helped introduce drought-, and pest- tolerant seeds as well as varieties that grow at higher altitudes, increasing diversity of crops grown.
    • CARLEP also encourages chilli farmers to use solar dries - a quicker way to dry chilies and ready them for market.
  • Identification of new markets: local farmers are newly supplying vegetables and diary to schools and hospitals, raising farmers' incomes. 

Read more about CARLEP here.

Climate-Smart Village Programme in India

The Climate-Smart Village Programme has been implemented in the Indo-Genetic plains of India, an area vulnerable to climate change, to improve farmers' adaptability and resilience to climate change. The programme seeks to identify relevant, adoptable agriculture technologies and practices to be shared with local farmers and communities through workshops.

In Bihar, CSVs have adopted Index Based Insurance to protect farmer's from yield losses due to climate shocks; agro advisory and weather forecasts; vertical drainage systems; conservation agriculture techniques; and kitchen gardening. CCAFS worked closely with 1750 women self help groups to raise awareness around these strategies and technologies. 

This project has been implemented by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Read more about CSVs here. 

Achieving sustainable agriculture in the SDGs

SDG2.3: By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment. 

SDG2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.