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Report 1: #Smarter2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges, Accenture, January 2015.
This report shows that one of the main impacts of smart agriculture technologies and practices include emissions abatement. It is estimated that 2.0Gt CO2e per year will be avoided by 2030 through Smart Agriculture. The composition of this offset is energy savings and efficient use of water and fertilizer. This report also discusses the additional revenue opportunities and cost savings from the implementation of this practice such as an increase in average annual income of farmers by $300 by 2030.
— Accenture, January 2015.
Report 2: Against The Grain, September 2015
This report contains a section of corporate smart agriculture and discusses that 60% of the private sector members of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture come from the fertilizer industry. There is discussion of the significance of the fertilizer industry in the smart agriculture sector with regard to energy usage and natural gas dependency and includes discussion about companies such as Yara.
“The fertiliser industry has long known that their chemicals are cooking the planet and there is a growing body of evidence that shows that their products are not needed to feed the world. Farmers can stop using chemical fertilisers without reducing yields by adopting agroecological practices” (3).
— Against The Grain, September 2015
Report 3: Climate-smart agriculture and smallholder farmers, January 2015
This report discusses the role of smart agriculture with smallholder farmers specifically and its role in achieving food security and economic development during times of climate change. There is concern that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) will be a cover for the usual business practices and that this sector needs to be developed beyond ‘adaptation’ to actual or predicted climate changes.
This report evaluates the impact of climate-smart agriculture using the three pillars of Technology Justice: access, innovation and sustainable use. This evaluation showed that agroecological approaches increase access to food production systems for marginalized smallholder farmers by minimizing financial risk. Other effects of this practice are discussed in detail. This practice also promotes the inclusion of the small farmer in agriculture, promote user-centered innovations and facilitates sustainable use of the natural resources. This report also gives examples where this practice is successful such as in Peru.
Report 4: SAN/Rainforest Alliance Impacts Report, January 2015
This report is unique in that there is a climate-smart agriculture index that quantifies the extent to which farmers in Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms have adopted climate-smart practices. With thirty criterion that promotes climate change adaptation/resilience and/or climate change mitigation, the index score is calculated as the percentage of the 31 criteria in the index with which each certified operation fully complies. The farms that this index has been applied to thus far are in Central America and Africa. There is a chart that shows the mean CSA index at the initial visit and at the most recent audit. The data show a remarkable increase in score for banana and coffee farms in Central America and tea in East Africa and no significant increase in CSA score for cocoa production in West Africa.
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