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Climate-smart

I am concerned about the use of the term Climate-smart!

“There are no meaningful criteria for what can – or cannot – be called “climate-smart”. It may have a clever name, but there is nothing to ensure that the term climate-smart describes practices that are actually smart for the climate or for agriculture. The looseness of the term means that anyone can – and does – use it to describe their activities. No matter what the impact.

Some organisations call their own agroecological (organic) approaches climate-smart. Indeed, such practices really are effective.

However, other groups point out that the same agribusinesses that have done the most to cause climate change and make farmers and food systems vulnerable, are now also using the term, and re-branding their activities as climate-smart.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/17/climate-change-agriculture-bad-isnt-good

We need to define what we mean!

Graham Knight

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