Consortium for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia (C-SUCSeS) project is a four-year (one-year no-cost extension, granted in September 2021) joint initiative between the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agriculture Centre (SAC), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and SAARC Development Fund (SDF). The programme fosters partnership and cooperation between the SAARC, IFPRI, National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES), and Governments of SAARC Member States on the Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) agenda.

The C-SUCSeS project is intended to support agricultural research’s roles to generate and facilitate the delivery of technological solutions to smallholders, with a specific priority on the intensification and resilience of smallholder agriculture, contributing inter alia to increasing water management efficiency; and promoting innovative, pro-poor approaches and technologies with demonstrated scaling-up potential; strengthen partners’ institutional and policy capacities; enhance policy engagement, and generate and share knowledge. The programme promotes bottom-up applied research with the active participation of smallholder farmers based on the experience of other participatory research experiences in the region, including the climate-smart village (CSV) concept. 

This Programme was co-developed by the SAC, IFPRI, and IFAD in close consultation with the SAARC Member States. The Grant Agreement of the Programme was signed between SAC and IFAD on 05 November 2020 and it formalizes the approval and administration of the IFAD Grant provided to SAC and the supervision of the Programme implementation over four years (05 November 2020 – 31 December 2024). SAC shall be responsible for administering the Grant following the financial and administrative rules and procedures of SAARC Harmonized Rules.


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