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Understanding trade-offs in upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture and sustainable river basin management in Malawi

Understanding trade-offs in upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture and sustainable river basin management in Malawi
Understanding trade-offs in upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture and sustainable river basin management in Malawi
This paper presents an assessment of the potential trade-offs between social, economic and environmental objectives when upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture (CSA) with integrated catchment management (ICM) at landscape level, with a case study in Malawi. In a workshop, government and NGO representatives and experts assessed trade-offs between the goals of ICM and CSA under four different scenarios of climatic and economic changes. The paper presents a novel combination of scenarios and a trade-off matrix exercise to critically evaluate trade-offs between CSA and ICM and link these to policy challenges and interventions. Our analysis shows that the compatibility of CSA and ICM policies depends on future climatic and economic developments, with a higher prevalence of perceived trade-offs in futures with low economic growth and high climate change. CSA was expected to have limited effect on reducing inequalities and investment in literacy and skills development are critical to ensure that marginalised groups benefit from CSA.
climate-smart agriculture, trade-offs, scenarios, poverty, Malawi
1462-9011
117-124
Schaafsma, Marije
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Utila, Henri
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Hirons, Mark
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Schaafsma, Marije
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Utila, Henri
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Hirons, Mark
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Schaafsma, Marije, Utila, Henri and Hirons, Mark (2018) Understanding trade-offs in upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture and sustainable river basin management in Malawi. Environmental Science & Policy, 80, 117-124. (doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.11.007).

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This paper presents an assessment of the potential trade-offs between social, economic and environmental objectives when upscaling and integrating climate-smart agriculture (CSA) with integrated catchment management (ICM) at landscape level, with a case study in Malawi. In a workshop, government and NGO representatives and experts assessed trade-offs between the goals of ICM and CSA under four different scenarios of climatic and economic changes. The paper presents a novel combination of scenarios and a trade-off matrix exercise to critically evaluate trade-offs between CSA and ICM and link these to policy challenges and interventions. Our analysis shows that the compatibility of CSA and ICM policies depends on future climatic and economic developments, with a higher prevalence of perceived trade-offs in futures with low economic growth and high climate change. CSA was expected to have limited effect on reducing inequalities and investment in literacy and skills development are critical to ensure that marginalised groups benefit from CSA.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 November 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 December 2017
Published date: February 2018
Keywords: climate-smart agriculture, trade-offs, scenarios, poverty, Malawi

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Local EPrints ID: 416755
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416755
ISSN: 1462-9011
PURE UUID: 8d633377-7b05-4cc7-ab56-702733a973e8
ORCID for Marije Schaafsma: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0878-069X

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Date deposited: 08 Jan 2018 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 06:05

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Author: Henri Utila
Author: Mark Hirons

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