CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Rising to the Challenge of Adapting Agriculture and Food Systems

On demand on CAS TV – from Kenya

Agriculture and food systems are extremely vulnerable to climate change. Research & innovation, mobilisation of public and private investment, strengthening of markets, and large-scale application of digital technology is critical to drive resilience. This event brings together key leaders and actions committed to drive this.

Irrigation in action.

Event programme overview

  • Opening statement by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Fireside chats with world leaders and youth leaders actively engaging in sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.
  • Initiatives on several subjects of climate-resilient agriculture & food security: Demand-driven innovation, climate-resilient agricultural fund, digital advisory services, and integrating smallholder farmers into the global value chain and the agro-ecological approach.


Facilitating climate‐informed agricultural advisories for 100 million farmers

The World Food Programme, World Resources Institute, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Global Center on Adaptation and Columbia University /IRI have launched an Investment Blueprint to help scale the provision of climate information to 100 million smallholder farmers using digital technologies.

This Blueprint for Climate‐Informed Digital Advisory Services supports countries to unlock the potential for climate-resilient agriculture provides new insights on best practice for digitally enabled climate services and delivers an investment framework against which donors and governments can confidently invest to scale coverage and usage of critical services to enhance farmer resilience.

The Investment Blueprint was informed by working groups involving more than 40 organisations, including the World Meteorological Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and many others.

Africa Improved Foods (AIF) 2.0

Royal DSM and Africa Improved Foods (AIF) and the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya announced AIF 2.0 – expanding from Rwanda to 10 African countries by 2030, providing climate‐resilient and financially rewarding value chains for 2 M+ smallholder farmers, enhancing the nutrition for 100 M+ consumers and driving 1 B+ of private-sector investment.

New climate fund to build resilience of small‐scale producers

The International Fund for Agricultural Development launched a new umbrella fund – The Rural Resilience Programme (2RP) with one key pillar, the enhanced Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP+). ASAP+ will increase the climate resilience of 10 million vulnerable people in numerous countries, particularly women and youth, enabling an increase in food and nutrition security.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has presented their efforts to mainstream climate adaptation into the new strategy of their special initiative ‘One World – No Hunger,’ with a special focus on an agro‐ecological approach, reaching over 60 million farmers.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers.

Partner organisations

Africa Improved Foods

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Global Center on Adaptation

Global Citizen

Government of Belgium

Government of Ethiopia

Government of Germany

Government of Kenya

Government of Mauretania

Government of Norway

Government of the Netherlands

Government of the United Kingdom

Green Climate Fund

International Fund for Agricultural Development

Qatar Fund for Development

Royal DSM

World Bank Group

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Resources Institute