The image of rice fields is starting to be planted with wet rice in the spring crop. The farmers worked hard and had a buffalo as a companion. The terraced fields in Sapa - Vietnam are very beautiful. This season of the year is very suitable for planting wet rice. People have grasped the favorable climate to grow wet rice.

Agriculture and Food Systems

Agriculture and food systems is one of the most vulnerable sectors to the climate crisis. Shifts in seasonal patterns, including temperature and precipitation, and increased extreme events are having a significant negative impact on agriculture production, livelihoods, and food security. Agriculture and food systems also contribute to climate change from greenhouse gas emissions, such as from livestock, rice paddies, excessive use of fertilizers, and the conversion of forests and other ecosystems to agricultural uses. USAID is developing and scaling climate-smart agriculture practices and approaches to increase or maintain productivity, build resilience, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in support of the goals in USAID’s Climate Strategy. USAID also supports partner governments in reforming national sectoral and fiscal policy to shift market incentives towards climate-smart agriculture and food systems approaches.

Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems
U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy
Low Emissions Agriculture and Food Systems Development Technical Note
GHG MRV Harmonization Framework Guide
Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Ethiopia


Climate Finance Roadmap Template

USAID’s HEARTH initiative aims to advance both the sustainable conservation of threatened landscapes and the well-being and prosperity of communities.
Single puku standing still on misty plains
A new activity is helping women farmers access agricultural insurance in rural Kenya.
woman farmer stands in front of cows
The following blogs highlight some of the ways USAID is working at the intersection of climate and agriculture and food systems.
Picture in April 2023, shows a rice farm in Majin Gari, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State (Long: 6.113753, Lat: 9.07204), Nigeria, by Salihu Idris (in the plot), was fertilized solely with biochar and compost, and no synthetic fertilizers, yielded 4.5 tons/ha, without any release of carbon emissions from the farming activity. The farmer, Salisu, is one of the participants of the USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity implemented by Winrock International.

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