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Front. Sustain. Food Syst. | doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00055

Climate Smart Agriculture? Governing the Sustainable Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • 1University of Sussex, United Kingdom

This paper examines the political economic and governance challenges faced by African governments in operationalising Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) as part of their pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a need to enrich our understanding of the diverse contexts and ways in which governments will have to navigate and address the inevitable choices and conflicts, synergies and trade-offs that will characterise efforts to simultaneously implement these global goals. Here we seek to develop an account of why and how countries are managing the interrelationship between SDGs, including those associated with food security and climate action. We develop explanations for the diversity in approaches and provide an initial assessment of what the consequences are for policy and practice. We look at the contrasting experiences of four African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda, as they seek to build more ‘climate resilient’ agricultural systems that are compatible with achieving the SDGs.

Keywords: Climate Change, Agriculture, sdgs, governance, Sub-Sahara Africa

Received: 04 Dec 2018; Accepted: 28 Jun 2019.

Edited by:

Jan Verhagen, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Reviewed by:

Francisco J. Solorio, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico
Pytrik Reidsma, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands  

Copyright: © 2019 Newell. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Peter Newell, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, P.J.Newell@sussex.ac.uk