Climate Mainstreaming in Agricultural and Food System Programs and Policies

New digital tool to identify climate risks
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  • Explore CRISP to grasp the transformative potential of a tool that not only identifies climate risks but also empowers decision-makers, bridges knowledge gaps, and contributes to sustainable agricultural practices.

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The innovative Climate Risk Planning & Managing Tool for Development Programmes in Agricultural and Food Systems (CRISP) has recently been unveiled, offering a science-based approach to climate risk analysis. Access the tool here.

CRISP enables you to identify climate risks in various agricultural systems across Africa and worldwide, and to explore options for adaptation measures. The tool is efficient, quick and easy to use, freely accessible, and does not require specific climate expertise.

Tailored for Diverse Users in Agriculture and Food Policy

CRISP is designed for different users in the agriculture and food sector: project planners and implementers as well as policy makers and their technical advisors in governmental institutions. It links practice, policy and science. The tool can help access climate finance: It strengthens national and international agricultural and rural development funding proposals and their implementation. Further, it assists sectoral adaptation planning and implementation with regard to countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

In-depth Insights with CRISP’s Knowledge Base

CRISP is based on a broad scientific knowledge database including more than 1,200 publications and provides additional reading. It offers a starting point for subsequent participatory methods and detailed studies. Thus, CRISP complements the recently launched Climate Risk Sourcebook which guides through an in-depth climate risk analysis and is applicable across all sectors.

Bridging Gaps in Climate Action Integration

The tool responds to the increasing need to mainstream climate action across project portfolios and policies with regard to agriculture and food systems – because it can be a challenge to integrate climate risks appropriately. Firstly, comprehensive climate risk analyses are often time-consuming and not budgeted. Secondly, project implementers and policymakers in the sector may not have sufficient expertise on climate change issues or don’t know where to access relevant information. CRISP fills this gap.

Developing CRISP: A Collaborative Journey

The tool was developed by GIZ Sector Project Rural Development in collaboration with the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Eurac Research, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The CRISP development includes ongoing input from users for continuous improvement. Please share your thoughts if you consider applying or have applied CRISP: We value your feedback.


Till Below, and Maike Voss, both Sector Project Rural Development, GIZ

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